Nikkei Shimbun November 2008 Telephone Opinion Poll (08-27)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Aso Cabinet
  • Economic policies
  • General elections for the House of Representatives
Dates Conducted

November 28 – 30, 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 Aso Cabinet? (N=938)

Support 24
Do not support 56
No answer/Do not know 21

 

SQ1.  For those who answered “no answer” and “do not know,” which out of the following most closely resembles your feelings? (N=193)

Support 33
Do not support 32
No answer/Do not know 36

[Support ratio total (N=938)]

Support 31
Do not support 62
No answer/Do not know 7

 

SQ2.  For those who answered “support,” what are the reasons for your support?  Please choose as many as apply from the following seven answers: (N=287)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 44
Good policies 7
Good sense of international affairs 16
Leadership 13
Stability 7
Trustworthy character of members 22
Politically clean 10
Others 10
No answer/Do not know 7

SQ3.  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=582)

Because it is an LDP cabinet 15
Bad policies 39
Bad sense of international affairs 14
Lack of leadership 42
Instability 44
Members not trustworthy 39
Politically not clean 6
Others 4
No answer/Do not know 4

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=938)

Liberal Democratic Party 33
Democratic Party ofJapan 22
Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 0
The People’s New Party 0
Kaikaku Club (Reform Club) 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 31
No answer/Do not know 8

 

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=362)

Liberal Democratic Party 16
Democratic Party ofJapan 21
Komeito 2
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Kaikaku Club (Reform Club) 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 39
No answer/Do not know 16

[Support + Preferable Parties (N=938)]

Liberal Democratic Party 39
Democratic Party ofJapan 30
Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
The Reform Club 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 15
No answer/Do not know 6

 

Q3.  Do you approve or not of the performance of the Aso Cabinet? (N=938)

Approve 19
Do not approve 63
Cannot say either 10
No answer/Do not know 8

SQ1. For those who answered “approve,” what is the biggest reason for your approval?  Please choose one from the following answers: (N=175)

Handling of economic measures 33
Handling of financial crisis 16
Handling of pension/medical care issues 17
Handling of diplomacy/national security issues 14
Handling of “politics and money” issues 4
Handling of food safety issues 4
Others 5
No answer/Do not know 8

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=592)

Handling of economic measures 39
Handling of financial crisis 12
Handling of pension/medical care issues 25
Handling of foreign policy/national security issues 3
Handling of “politics and money” issues 7
Handling of food safety issues 6
Others 3
No answer/Do not know 5

 

Q4.  For the time being, Prime Minister Aso has delayed dissolving the House of Representatives and holding general elections.  Do you support or not support this decision? (N=938)

Support 33
Do not support 52
No answer/Do not know 15

 

Q5.  Prime Minister Aso has decided to postpone the submission of the second supplementary budget to the Diet session early next year.  Do you support or not support this decision? (N=938)

Support 28
Do not support 56
No answer/Do not know 16

Q6.  The government announced it will distribute 2 trillion yen fixed-sum benefits to boost the economy.  Do you approve or not approve of this decision? (N=938)

Approve 26
Do not approve 66
No answer/Do not know 8

Q7.  Do you think next year’s priorities should be on fiscal policies such as the budget and revision of the tax system or on economic stimulus measures? (N=938)

Fiscal policies 31
Economic stimulus measures 57
No answer/Do not know 12

Q8.  Next year, what policies would you like to see prioritized during the formation of the budget and the revision of the tax system? (N=938)

Increase in public investment 3
Support financing for small and medium-sized businesses 14
Employment measures 28
Reduce taxes for individuals 14
Reduce taxes for businesses 2
Reevaluate pension/medical care issues 33
Other 0
No answer/Do not know 7

Q9.  When do you think the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the next general election should be held? (N=938)

It should be dissolved as soon as possible 36
It should be dissolved at the beginning of the next year’s regular session of the Diet 15
It should be dissolved next spring, once the budget is complete 18
There is no need to speed up the dissolution of the House of Representatives 18
Other 1
No answer/Do not know 11

Q10.  Who do you think is suitable to serve as the next prime minister after the next House of Representatives election? (N=938)

Taro Aso 17
Ichiro Ozawa 17
Neither 60
No answer/Do not know 6

Q11.  What is the most desirable form for the next administration? (N=938)

Administration centered on the LDP 15
Administration centered on the DPJ 20
LDP-DPJ coalition 50
Other 3
No answer/Do not know 11

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=938)

Male 45
Female 55
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=938)

In my 20s 8
In my 30s 15
In my 40s 14
In my 50s 22
In my 60s 21
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 3

Average Age    53.6

 

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=938)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 45
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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