Nikkei Shimbun September 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll (10-30)

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Kan’s reelection as DPJ president
Dates Conducted

September 14 and 15, 2010

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.  Mr. Naoto Kan was reelected as president of the DPJ and will continue as prime minister.  What are you thoughts on this outcome? (N=952)

Good 76
Not good 14
Cannot say/Do not know 10

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say/Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=95)

Good 46
Not good 20
Cannot say/Do not know 34

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=952)]

Good 81
Not good 16
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Good”]  What are the reasons for this?  Please choose all that apply from the following answers: (N=768)

Because he has good policies 4
Because he is internationally minded 3
Because he has good leadership 4
Because he is stable 5
Because of his trustworthy character 19
Becauseheis politically clean 16
Did not want Mr. Ozawa to become prime minister 46
The prime minister should not change on a frequent basis 72
Other 11
Cannot say/Do not know 10

 

SQ3.  [For those who answered “Not good”] What are the reasons for this?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=152)

Because his policies are bad 35
Because he is not internationally minded 25
Because of his lack of leadership 52
Becauseheis not stable 27
Becausehe is not trustworthy 16
Becauseheis not clean politically 4
Wanted Mr. Ozawa to become prime minister 31
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 4

Q2.  Do you support or not support the Kan cabinet? (N=952)

Support 66
Do not support 22
Cannot say/Do not know 12

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say/Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=115)

Support 45
Do not support 12
Cannot say/Do not know 43

[Total (combined) approval rating (N=952)]

Support 71
Do not support 24
Cannot say/Do not know 5

Q3.  Which political party do you currently support? Please choose one. (N=952)

Democratic Party of Japan 38
Liberal Democratic Party 20
New Komeito 4
Your Party 5
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 0
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 24
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

SQ1. [For those who answered “Do not support any party” or “Cannot say/Do not know”] If you had to name one, which political party would you favor? (N=279)

Democratic Party of Japan 25
Liberal Democratic Party 10
New Komeito 1
Your Party 8
Japan Communist Party 2
Social Democratic Party 3
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 0
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 35
Cannot say/Do not know 15

[Support + Preferred Parties (N=952)

Democratic Party of Japan 46
Liberal Democratic Party 23
New Komeito 4
Your Party 7
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 0
New Renaissance Party 0
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 10
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q4.  Do you think Prime Minister Kan should appoint, Mr. Ozawa, his opponent in the DPJ presidential elections to an important position within the administration or party? (N=952)

Should appoint 29
Should not appoint 61
Neither 5
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

Q5.  Prime Minister Kan has expressed his intent to have a non-partisan discussion on raising the consumption tax.  Are you for or against an increase in the consumption tax? (N=952)

For 46
Against 44
Neither 8
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

Q6.  Do you approve or not approve of the administration’s economic policies and their handling of the high-valued yen? (N=952)

Approve 15
Do not approve 70
Neither 6
Cannot say/Do not know 9

 

Q7.  Prime Minister Kan has expressed an interest in the reapportionment of Diet seats in consultation with the other political parties by the end of the year.  Do you approve or not approve of this? (N=952)

Approve 77
Do not approve 13
Neither 3
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

Q8.  In the House of Councillors election held in July, the ruling party suffered a crushing defeat and lost their majority. What measures do you think the ruling party should take in the future? (N=952)

Form a grand coalition with the LDP 15
Form a new coalition with parties such as the New Komeito and Your Party 15
Form coalitions with opposition parties depending on specific policies 52
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 14

 

Q9.  In the next House of Representatives election, which party or which candidate’s party will you vote for? (N=952)

Democratic Party of Japan 35
Liberal Democratic Party 23
New Komeito 5
Your Party 12
Japan Communist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Sunrise Party of Japan 0
New Renaissance Party 1
The New Party of Japan 0
Other political party 0
Undecided 12
Will not vote 0
Cannot say/Do not know 9

 

Q10.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics? Please choose one from the following: (N=952)

Naoto Kan 18
Yukio Edano 2
Katsuya Okada 6
Ichiro Ozawa 6
Yukio Hatoyama 1
Seiji Maehara 17
Sadakazu Tanigaki 2
Shigeru Ishiba 6
Nobuteru Ishihara 7
Yoshimi Watanabe 9
Yoichi Masuzoe 9
Other 3
Cannot say/Do not know 15

 

Polling Information

F1.  Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=952)

Male 42
Female 58
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=952)

20s 5
30s 14
40s 15
50s 17
60s 26
70 years old or older 20
Refused to answer 2

Average Age: 55.8 years

F3.  What is your occupation? (N=952)

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 39
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 12
Full-time housewife (without job only) 21
Student 2
Unemployed 22
Refused to answer 2

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