Nikkei Shimbun May 2008 Special Telephone Opinion Poll (08-22)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Fukuda Cabinet
  • Provisional gas tax bill
  • Medical system for late-stage seniors
Dates Conducted

April 30 and May 1, 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=711)

Support 21
Do not support 68
No answer/Do not know 10

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=152)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 37
Good policies 7
Good sense of international affairs 10
Leadership 6
Stability 18
Trustworthy character of members 43
Politically clean 12
Others 10
No answer/Do not know 4

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “do not support,” what are the reasons for not supporting?  Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers. (N=486)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 16
Bad policies 56
Bad sense of international affairs 17
Lack of leadership 59
Instability 38
Members not trustworthy 16
Politically not clean 6
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 2

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=711)

Liberal Democratic Party 27
Democratic Party of Japan 27
Komeito 2
Japan Communist Party 4
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 6

 

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=266)

Liberal Democratic Party 14
Democratic Party of Japan 24
Komeito 2
Japan Communist Party 5
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 38
No answer/Do not know 14

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=711)]

Liberal Democratic Party 33
Democratic Party of Japan 36
Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 5
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not support or favor any political party 14
No answer/Do not know 5

 

Q3.  Do you approve or not of the performance of the Fukuda Cabinet? (N=711)

Approve 19
Do not approve 70
Cannot say either 6
No answer/Do not know 4

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “approve,” what is the biggest reason for your approval?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=137)

Stance on local revitalization 9
Efforts toward fiscal reform 18
Efforts toward economic revitalization 13
Efforts towards pension issues 10
Handling of medical care for late-stage seniors issue 10
Handling of issues related to revenues earmarked for road construction 12
Handling of antiterrorism measures issue 0
Handling of North Korean issue 4
Handling of “politics and money” issues 8
Others 5
No answer/Do not know 10

 

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=501)

Stance on local revitalization 1
Efforts toward fiscal reform 10
Efforts toward economic revitalization 16
Efforts towards pension issues 15
Handling of medical care for late-stage seniors issue 21
Handling of issues related to revenues earmarked for road construction 16
Handling of antiterrorism measures issue 1
Handling of North Korean issue 1
Handling of “politics and money” issues 12
Others 2
No answer/Do not know 3

 

Q4.  The government/ruling party has revived the provisional gas tax bill in the House of Representatives.  Do you support or not support this? (N=711)

Support 25
Do not support 64
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Q5.  Now that the government/ruling party has revived the provisional gas tax bill in the House of Representatives, should the opposition party submit a motion to censure against Prime Minister Fukuda in the House of Councillors? (N=711)

They should submit the motion 44
They should not submit the motion 38
No answer/Do not know 19

 

Q6.  If the motion to censure is passed in the House of Councillors, how do you think the prime minister should respond? (N=711)

Dissolve the House of Representatives, hold general elections 42
Cabinet should resign 22
No special measures need to be taken 24
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Q7.  Do you support or not support the medical system for late-stage seniors the government implemented in April? (N=711)

Support 17
Do not support 74
No answer/Do not know 9

 

Q8.  What kind of administration is desirable for you in the future?  Please pick one from the four choices below: (N=711)

LDP administration 5
LDP, Komeito centered coalition 12
DPJ centered, non-LDP coalition 30
LDP, DPJ coalition 38
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Q9.  When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the next general election should be held? (N=711)

Dissolve the House of Representatives as soon as possible 26
After the G8 Summit in July 34
There is no need to speed up the dissolution of the House of Representatives 29
Others 1
No answer/Do not know 10

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=711)

Male 41
Female 59
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=711)

In my 20s 7
In my 30s 14
In my 40s 15
In my 50s 21
In my 60s 24
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 2

Average Age    54.6

 

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=711)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 42
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 11
Full-time housewife (without job only) 23
Student 2
Unemployed 16
Refused to answer 2

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