Nikkei Shimbun November 2009 Telephone Opinion Poll (09-33)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Hatoyama cabinet
  • DPJ Policies
  • Support for other parties/politicians
  • Attitudes toward U.S.-Japan relations and Futenma base relocation plan
Dates Conducted

November 27 – 29, 2009

Methodology

Nationwide poll.  See below for age and gender breakdown.

Survey

*All numbers are percentages

*Numbers in parentheses are the total number of respondents

Q1. Do you support or not support the Hatoyama cabinet? (N=931)

Support 61
Do not support 21
Cannot say/Do not know 18

 

SQ1. (For those who answered “Cannot say/Do not know”) which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=167)

Support 43
Do not support 13
Cannot say/Do not know 44

(Total [combined] approval rating [N=931])

Support 68
Do not support 24
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

SQ2. (For those who answered “support”) what are the reasons? Please choose all that apply from the following seven answers. (N=636)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 30
Because it has good policies 35
Because it is internationally minded 13
Because it has good leadership 13
Because it is stable 9
Because its members are trustworthy 22
Because it is politically clean 14
Other 9
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

SQ3. (For those who answered “do not support”) what are the reasons? Please answer from the following seven responses. (N=222)

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 29
Because it has bad policies 37
Because it is not internationally minded 19
Because it lacks leadership 26
Because it is not stable 36
Because its members are not trustworthy 20
Because it is not politically clean 16
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support? Please choose only one. (N=931)

Democratic Party of Japan 49
Liberal Democratic Party 13
New Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 0
Reform Club 0
New Party Nippon 0
Other 0
Do not support any political party 27
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

SQ1. (For those who answered “do not support any party” or “Cannot say/Do not support”) if you had to say, which party do you favor? Please select only one answer. (N=278)

Democratic Party of Japan 25
Liberal Democratic Party 18
New Komeito 1
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 1
Reform Club 0
New Party Nippon 0
Other 1
Do not favor any political party 36
Cannot say/Do not know 11

(Support + preferred parties) (N=931)

Democratic Party of Japan 56
Liberal Democratic Party 19
New Komeito 3
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 1
Reform Club 0
New Party Nippon 0
Other 1
Do not support/favor any political party 11
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

Q3. Do you positively or not positively evaluate the Hatoyama cabinet’s work so far? (N=931)

Positively 66
Not positively 19
Neither 9
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

SQ1. (For those who answered “Positively”) what is the biggest reason? Choose just one from the following six answers. (N=611)

Approach toward economic measures 3
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 70
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 6
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 1
Approach toward the politics and money problem 6
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 10
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

SQ2. (For those who answered “Not positively”) what is the biggest reason? Choose just one from the following six answers. (N=180)

Approach toward economic measures 23
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 12
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 14
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 9
Approach toward the politics and money problem 22
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 10
Other 6
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

Q4. The government has begun a policy review based on the DPJ campaign manifesto. What do you think of this? (N=931)

It must be carried out as promised 15
The review must take into account certain realities 80
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q5. Which main policies outlined in the DPJ manifesto do you think are necessary to review? Please select as many responses from the following seven choices as apply: (N=931)

Elimination of highway tolls 48
Abolishment of gas and other provisional tax rates 24
Creation of a child allowance 36
Abolishment of public high school tuition 27
Introduction of income subsidies for individual farmers 19
Review the relocation plan for the Futenma US military base on Okinawa 27
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 25% of 1990 levels by 2020 25
Other 1
Do not think a review is needed 2
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

Q9. Beginning with the U.S. base realignment on Okinawa, there are problematic issues within Japan-U.S. relations. What are your thoughts on the current Japan-U.S. relationship? (N=931)

Going well 5
No change yet 32
A little anxiety 45
A lot of anxiety 10
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 7

 

Q10. In the future, what politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics? Please answer just one from the following. (N=931)

Yukio Hatoyama 16
Katsuya Okada 11
Ichiro Ozawa 9
Naoto Kan 7
Seiji Maehara 10
Akira Nagatsuma 5
Sadakazu Tanigaki 2
Shigeru Ishiba 5
Nobuteru Ishihara 5
Yoichi Masuzoe 13
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 13

 

Polling Information

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=931)

Male 45
Female 55
Unknown 0

 

F2. What is your age? (N=931)

20s 7
30s 14
40s 20
50s 19
60s 21
70s or older 17
Refused to answer 3

 

F3. What is your occupation? (N=931)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company, government, teacher, etc.) 44
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 12
Full-time housewife (without job only) 20
Student 2
Unemployed 16
Refused to answer 3

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