Nikkei Shimbun June 2007 Telephone Interview Poll (07-22)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Abe Cabinet
  • Missing records of the public pension
  • Public pension benefits payment system
  • House of Councilors election in summer 2007
Dates Conducted

June 22 – 24, 2007

Date Released

June 25, 2007

Methodology

Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown.

 

Survey

Q1. Do you support or not support the Abe cabinet? (N=898)

Support 36
Do not support 52
No answer/do not know 12

 

Q1SQ1. For those who answered “support” in Q1, what is the reason for your support? Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=321)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 30
Good policies 13
Good sense of international affairs 16
Leadership 12
Stability 13
Can trust members’ personality 45
Politically clean 20
Others 5
Can’t say/ don’t know 4

 

Q1SQ2. For those who answered “do not support” in Q1, what is the reason for your lack of support? Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=468)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 15
Bad policies 42
Bad sense of international affairs 9
Lack of leadership 51
Instability 36
Cannot trust members’ personality 13
Politically not clean 5
Others 3
Can’t say/ don’t know 2

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one of the following. (N=898)

Liberal Democratic Party 28
Democratic Party ofJapan 17
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not support any party 41
Can’t say/ don’t know 6

 

Q2SQ. For those who answered “Do not support any party” or “Can not say/do not know” in Q2, if you had to select one, which party would you prefer the most? Please choose only one of the following. (N=421)

Liberal Democratic Party 15
Democratic Party ofJapan 20
Komeito 2
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any party 45
Can’t say/ don’t know 12

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=898)]

Liberal Democratic Party 35
Democratic Party ofJapan 26
Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not support or favor any party 21
Can’t say/ don’t know 6

 

Q3. Do you support or not support the performance of the Abe Cabinet? (N=898)

Highly evaluate 32
Do not highly evaluate 55
Cannot say either 6
Can’t say/ don’t know 7

 

Q4. Missing records of the public pension are creating big controversies. What do you think is the biggest cause for this problem? Please choose one from the following four answers. (N=898)

Defects of the pension system 14
Negligence of the Social Insurance Agency employees 26
Negligence of the Director General and other senior officials of the Social Insurance Agency 24
Inadequate supervision by the government including succession of Ministers of Health,Labourand Welfare 26
Can’t say/ don’t know 11

 

Q5. The government and the ruling party are setting forth the countermeasures such as abolishing statute of limitations on failure in public pension benefits payment. Do you support or not support? (N=898)

Support 48
Do not support 36
Can’t say/ don’t know 15

 

Q6. In response to the problems of the missing public pension records, Prime Minister Abe promised to expedite the study for introduction of the social security number system in order to manage contribution and benefits for pension, healthcare and custodial care in an integrated fashion. What is your opinion on this? (N=898)

Support 53
Oppose 27
Can’t say/ don’t know 19

 

Q7. Which party do you want to vote for or has a candidate you want to vote for in the House of Councilors election in this summer? (N=898)

Liberal Democratic Party 27
Democratic Party ofJapan 26
Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party or candidate 3
Independent candidate 10
Have not made up mind 9
Not going to vote 0
Cast a blank ballot 0
Can’t say/ don’t know 12

 

Q8. On which policy do you place importance when you vote for the House of Councilors election this summer?  (N=898)

Social security policy including pension and welfare policy 57
Increase of consumer tax rate 15
Issues of gap 21
Constitutional amendment 13
Education reform 28
Foreign policy and national security 15
Issues relating “politics and money” 27
Agricultural policy 9
Administrative reform 16
Others 1
Can’t say/ don’t know 10

 

Q9. At present, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito maintain the majority of the House of Councilors seats. Do you prefer to see the ruling parties maintain the majority or lose the majority in the election? (N=898)

Prefer to see them maintain the majority 35
Prefer to see them lose the majority 49
Can’t say/ don’t know 16

 

Q10. If the ruling parties lose the majority in the upcoming election of the House of Councilors, how do you think the Abe cabinet should respond? (N=898)

Current system is all right as it is 9
Abe cabinet should be reshuffled 19
Framework of LDP/Komeitocoalition should be changed 9
Abe cabinet should resign 15
It should appeal to the country through dissolution of the House of Representatives and general elections 36
Can’t say/ don’t know 13

 

Q11. The government/ruling parties extended the regular Diet session in order to amend the National Civil Service Law to restrict the practice of high-level government officials taking jobs in the private sector. What do you think about this decision? (N=898)

Reasonable 41
Unreasonable 44
Can’t say/ don’t know 15

 

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=898)

Male 48
Female 52
Unknown 0

 

F2. How old are you? (N=898)

In my 20s 6
In my 30s 17
In my 40s 18
In my 50s 19
In my 60s 20
70 years old or older 19
Refused to answer 2

Average age: 54.0

 

F3. What is your occupation? Please choose one from the following list. (N=898)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or government employee, teacher, etc.) 42
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 10
Full-time housewife(without job only) 20
Student 1
Unemployed 21
Refused to answer 2

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