Nikkei Shimbun March 2008 Telephone Opinion Polls (08-10)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Provisional gas tax
  • Bank of Japan governor nominee
  • Collision incident involving Aegis carrier “Atago” and fishing vessel
  • Dissolution of the House of Representatives
Dates Conducted

March 21 – 23, 2008

Methodology

Nationwide poll.  See below for age and gender breakdown.

Survey

*All numbers are percentages
*Number in parentheses are the number of respondents

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Fukuda Cabinet (N=865)

Support 31
Do not support 54
No answer/Do not know 15

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers: (N=270)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 34
Good policies 7
Good sense of international affairs 6
Leadership 9
Stability 21
Trustworthy character of members 41
Politically clean 16
Others 5
No answer/Do not know 6

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting?  Please choose as many as applies from the following seven answers: (N=468)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 14
Bad policies 34
Bad sense of international affairs 21
Lack of leadership 62
Instability 35
Members not trustworthy 13
Politically not clean 6
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 2

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=865)

Liberal Democratic Party 34
Democratic Party of Japan 21
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 32
No answer/Do not know 5

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “do not support any party” or “No answer/Do not know,” if you are to name one, which political party do you favor? (N=324)

Liberal Democratic Party 15
Democratic Party of Japan 23
Komeito 1
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 41
No answer/Do not know 14

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=865)]

Liberal Democratic Party 40
Democratic Party of Japan 30
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any political party 15
No answer/do not know 5

 

Q3.  Do you approve or not of the performance of the Fukuda Cabinet? (N=865)

Approve 24
Do not approve 62
Cannot say either 8
No answer/Do not know 6

 

SQ1. For those who answered “approve,” what is the biggest reason for your approval?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=207)

Stance on local revitalization 11
Efforts toward fiscal reform 16
Efforts toward economic revitalization 11
Efforts toward pension issues 16
Efforts towards ensuring food safety 5
Handling of issues related to revenues earmarked for road construction 6
Handling of antiterrorism measures issue 4
Handling of North Korean issue 2
Handling of “politics and money” issues 11
Others 7
No answer/Do not know 11

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not approve,” what is the biggest reason for your lack of approval?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=536)

Stance on local revitalization 3
Efforts toward fiscal reform 14
Efforts toward economic revitalization 21
Efforts toward pension issues 13
Efforts towards ensuring food safety 2
Handling of issues related to revenues earmarked for road construction 15
Handling of antiterrorism measures issue 1
Handling of North Korean issue 5
Handling of “politics and money” issues 17
Others 6
No answer/Do not know 4

 

Q4.  The provisional extra gas tax (levied in addition to the normal gas tax) will expire in March.  What do you think should be done with it? (N=865)

Keep the extra rate and carry out road maintenance 9
Keep the extra rate and use revenues for things other than road maintenance 29
Scrap the extra rate and lower the price of gasoline 52
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 7

 

Q5.  If the provisional extra gas tax expires and the price of gasoline is lowered, what do you think the response should be? (N=865)

Bring back the provisional extra gas tax 31
Keep the price of gasoline as is 53
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Q6.  The Democratic Party of Japan blocked the government’s nominee, a former Finance Ministry official and current deputy governor of the central bank, as Bank of Japan governor at the House of Councillors.  Do you approve or not of the Democratic Party of Japan’s response? (N=865)

Approve 30
Do not approve 55
Others 2
No answer/Do not know 13

 

Q7.  Who do you believe is responsible for the “empty seat” at the Bank of Japan: the government, the ruling party, or the opposition party?  (N=865)

Government, ruling party 41
Opposition party 27
Others 15
No answer/Do not know 17

 

Q8.  The appointment of a Bank of Japan governor requires the approval of both houses of Parliament.  Do you believe it is necessary to have this system in place? (N=865)

Approval of both houses is necessary 52
Approval of both houses is not necessary 36
Others 2
No answer/Do not know 10

Q9.  In regard to the collision accident involving the Aegis cruiser “Atago” and a fishing vessel, what do you believe is Defense Minister Ishiba’s  responsibility? (N=865)

Resign immediately 5
Resign after the investigation into the accident is completed 39
Not resign, but come to a decision on preventative measures so accidents don’t reoccur 50
No answer/Do not know 6

 

Q10.  When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the next general election should be held? (N=865)

Dissolve the House of Representative as soon as possible 12
This spring, after the new fiscal year budget is passed 17
After the G8 Summit in July 26
There is no need to speed up the dissolution of the House of Representatives 34
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 10

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=865)

Male 45
Female 55
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=865)

In my 20s 7
In my 30s 15
In my 40s 18
In my 50s 21
In my 60s 19
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 3

Average Age 53.4

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=865)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 43
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 11
Full-time housewife (without job only) 20
Student 2
Unemployed 17
Refused to answer 3

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