November Yomiuri Shimbun Opinion Poll (06-18)

Key Issues
  • Support for Abe Cabinet, political parties
  • Debate over Diet Members’ readmission to LDP
  • Impact of nuclear test by North Korea
  • Education Rebuilding Council
Dates Conducted

November 11 and 12, 2006

Methodology

Yomiuri conducted the poll in individual interviews on November 11 and 12 using a stratified two-stage random sample of 3,000 voters across the country. 1,757 people, or 58.6% of those selected, responded. (The final questions of the poll were not translated due to their lack of relevance to policy-related issues.)

Background

After North Korea conducted a nuclear test, United States and China made a joint effort to reopen 6 party talks. Readmission to LDP for Diet Members who were kicked out of the party because of their opposition to postal privatization was a hot debate in the Japanese political arena. After revealed that the required subjects, such as the world history, had not been taught at many of the high schools in Japan, the Ministry took action to help out the students who did not take the world history class.

Survey

Q1. Do you support or not support the Abe Cabinet?

Support 65.1% (70)
Do not support 21.7% (18)
Other 3.1% (1.9)
Do not know; No answer 10.1% (10.1)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.

 

Q1-A If you answered “support” to Question 1, please select up to two reasons why you support the cabinet from the list below:

Positively evaluate its political stance 28.8% (26.4)
Have a feeling that the cabinet is stable 15.0% (10.8)
Can trust the Prime Minister 22.9% (21.6)
Have a fresh image of the Prime Minister 47.3% (52.3)
Can have faith in its economic policy 8.3% (7.8)
Can have faith in its foreign policy 21.8% (28.7)
Because of the LDP-Komeito coalition 5.9% (6.5)
Better than previous cabinets 8.1% (6.0)
Other; Do not know; No answer 3.8% (4.7)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.
Q1-B If you answered “do not support” to Question 1, please select up to two reasons why you do not support the cabinet from the list below:

Can not positively evaluate its political stance 30.4% (29.5)
Do not have a feeling that the cabinet is stable 16.0% (15.0)
Can not trust the Prime Minister 24.9% (19.7)
The Prime Minister does not have enough experience in politics 28.5% (29.5)
Can not have faith in its economic policy 23.6% (28.5)
Can not have faith in its foreign policy 14.4% (15.4)
Because of the LDP-Komeito coalition 16.8% (16.0)
Worse than the previous cabinets 6.0% (4.1)
Other; Do not know; No answer 4.7% (6.9)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.

 

Q2. From the list below, please select all applicable issues you would like the Abe Cabinet to take a priority and tackle on.

Economy and employment 50.8% (50.6)
Reconstruction of economy 18.8% (17.8)
Tax reform and the issue of consumption tax 30.0% (29.8)
Social security including pension and medical care 59.9% (59.2)
Measurement for stopping declining birthrate including support for child care 27.1% (28.4)
Education reform 29.5% (21.6)
Administrative reform including downsizing the number of government employees 18.3% (17.0)
Issues of disparities including income gap 19.6% (18.2)
Issues over Yasukuni Shrine 8.1% (11.1)
Diplomacy toward Asia includingChinaandSouth Korea 20.8% (26.0)
Issues overNorth Korea 42.6% (44.8)
National defense and security 13.2% (13.9)
Amendment to the Constitution 6.3% (5.7)
Disaster management 9.0% (7.7)
Measurement for preventing crimes and securing of peace and order 20.6% (20.4)
Environmental protection 14.5% (13.9)
Food safety 12.7% (13.1)
Other; Nothing special; Do not know; No answer 3.4% (2.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.

 

Q3. How long do you think you would like the Abe Cabinet to last? Please select one from the list below:

Want it to last As long as possible 36.1%
2-3 years 34.8%
Around 1 year 11.2%
Around half a year or so 2.6%
Want it to end as soon as possible 5.1%
Other 0.5%
Do not know; No answer 9.7%

 

Q4. Which political party do you support now? Please select one:

Liberal Democratic Party 45.9% (44.2)
Democratic Party ofJapan 11.2% (9.8)
Komeito 2.2% (3.3)
JapanCommunist Party 1.8% (1.6)
Social Democratic Party ofJapan 1.2% (1.5)
The People's New Party 0.2% (0.1)
The New PartyJapan 0.1% (---)
Others 0.1% (0.1)
Do not support any party 36.8% (38.9)
Do not know; No answer 0.6% (0.6)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.

 

Q4-A. What are the reasons for your support of the political party? Please select as many as you like from the list below:

Supporters of LDP Supporters of DPJ
Can agree on its political philosophy 33.1% (32.1) 32.6%(32.0%) 26.9%(27.9%)
The party can solve the problems surrounding you 12.7% (12.0) 9.4%(6.1%) 13.2%(12.5%)
The nature of the party has been better (good) 12.7% (12.1) 13.2%(13.7%) 12.7%(6.7%)
The head of the party is good 15.3% (17.7) 16.1%(21.4%) 14.7%(10.0%)
Have a favorite politician in the party 12.8% (10.7) 12.4%(8.9%) 16.2%(17.1%)
Family and acquaintances are supporting the party 13.4% (12.4) 13.3%(10.2%) 8.1%(10.0%)
Have no other appropriate parties to support 31.2% (33.2) 33.1%(35.4%) 31.5%(36.7%)
Somehow have a positive feeling 14.8% (15.5) 15.5(17.4%) 16.8%(15.0%)
Other; Do not know; No answer 4.4% (4.4) 2.7(2.9%) 9.6%(7.9%)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in October, 2006.

 

Q5. If you have other political parties you may not be able to support or you like, please select as many as you like from the list below:

LDP 7.9% (8.1)
DPJ 13.9% (17.0)
Komeito 5.2% (3.9)
JapanCommunist Party 2.0% (2.8)
Social Democratic Party ofJapan 3.1% (3.6)
The People's New Party 1.0% (1.1)
The New PartyJapan 0.6% (0.5)
Others 0.1% (0.1)
Do not support any party 67.8% (64.3)
Do not know; No answer 2.1% (2.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in May, 2006.

 

Q6. If you have any political parties you do not want to support or do not like, please select as many as you like from the list below:

LDP 6.3% (9.2)
DPJ 6.1% (6.2)
Komeito 16.0% (17.6)
JapanCommunist Party 28.9% (26.1)
Social Democratic Party ofJapan 10.0% (9.4)
The People's New Party 3.0% (3.4)
The New PartyJapan 3.4% (3.1)
Others ------(0.2)
Do not support any party 47.0% (45.9)
Do not know; No answer 1.0% (1.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in May, 2006.

 

Q7. Do you approve or oppose the readmission into the LDP of the group of Diet members who seceded from the party because they opposed the postal privatization in the Lower House election last year?

Approve 15.0%
If anything, approve 18.0%
If anything, oppose 22.7%
Oppose 33.3%
Do not know; No answer 11.0%

 

Q8. Do you think that DPJ has an ability to take charge of the political leadership?

Yes 30.8% (29.4)
No 57.5% (61.4)
Do not know; No answer 11.7% (9.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in May, 2006.

 

Q9. The Japanese government takes a policy of three nuclear principles of not making, possessing or allowing in nuclear weapons. Do you think that we should continue to preserve these principles or that it would be possible to alter them depending on the international circumstances?

We should preserve 66.6%
If anything, we should preserve 13.3%
If anything, it would be possible to alter 8.1%
We can alter 9.5%
Do not know; No answer 2.6%

 

Q10. In response to the announcement by North Korea that they conducted a nuclear test, some in the Japanese Government and the LDP suggested that it would be fine to have a discussion on whether or not Japan should possess nuclear weapons. Do you agree or disagree?

Agree 28.7%
If anything, agree 17.2%
If anything, disagree 16.1%
Disagree 34.8%
Do not know; No answer 3.3%

 

Q11. The United States, China and North Korea reached an agreement to resume 6-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear programs, and North Korea is to return to the table for the 6-party talks. Do you think you can expect that the issue of North Korea’s nuclear development is going to be solved by the 6-party talks?

Can expect 20.4%
Can not expect 74.2%
Do not know; No answer 5.4%

 

Q12. Prime Minister Abe established the Education Rebuilding Council in October in order to promote educational reforms. Do you expect the Council to be successful?

Can expect 31.5%
If anything, expect 26.5%
If anything, do not expect 17.4%
Do not expect 20.2%
Do not know; No answer 4.4%

 

Q13. It was revealed that required subjects, such as world history, have not been taught at many of high schools in Japan because they are not tested in university entrance exams. In order to reduce the burden on students, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology decided to reduce the number of hours required of third-year students to make-up for subjects that they did not take. Do you agree with this decision or not?

Agree 26.5%
If anything, agree 32.8%
If anything, do not agree 16.6%
Do not agree 19.1%
Do not know; No answer 4.9%

 

Q14. These days, many children have committed suicide because of bullying at school. What do you think in particular is the major factor for causing this situation? If any, please select as many as you like from the list below:

Parents do not teach social rules to their children 64.5%
Parents are not aware of the problems their children are facing 52.0%
There are problems with the ability of school teachers to guide children 48.3%
Schools do not take responsibility and try to hide the problems 45.0%
The Board of Education is unable to guide or supervise the schools 26.8%
The number of children who are not able to sympathize with others' pain 54.9%
Class mates and friends ignore the situation 35.5%
Trends in the local community and society have a negative impact on children 37.3%
Other 3.2%
Nothing special; Do not know; No answer 1.2%

 

Q15. What would be the image you may have toward so-called “Dankai no sedai” (post-World War II baby boomers) who were born between 1947 and 1949. If any, please select as many as you like from the list below:

Have always been forced to compete 36.7%
Are generation of the student movements 13.5%
Are generation of the Beatles 13.0%
Are corporate warriors 33.5%
Enjoyed economic bubble 25.7%
Underwent the wave of corporate restructuring (layoffs) 22.1%
Have changed society 18.8%
Are revolutionary 3.7%
Are conservative 7.4%
Cherish freedom 7.9%
Do things in a group 9.3%
Are powerful 24.6%
Are stubborn and care about the things or ways they like 25.3%
Impose their own ideas on others 12.4%
Tend to boast of the days when they were young 11.4%
Cherish relationships with their spouses 5.8%
Have spoiled their children 16.2%
Other; Nothing special; Do not know; No answer 10.5%

 

Q16. Do you feel a bond with people in the same generation as you?

Do feel very much 22.9%
Feel somewhat 39.6%
Do not feel very much 28.2%
Do not feel at all 8.0%
Do not know; No answer 1.3%

 

Q17. Do you want to participate in volunteer work from now on?

Do want to participate 21.2%
Want to participate somewhat 46.9%
Do not want to participate very much 20.8%
Do not want to participate at all 8.4%
Do not know; No answer 2.7%

 

Q18. In case your parents need nursing care in the future, do you want to look after them actively?

Do want to 17.6%
If anything, want to 23.3%
If anything, do not want to 20.0%
Do not want to 31.0%
Have no children 6.5%
Do not know; No answer 1.7%

 

Q19. Do you want your children to look after you in the future?

Do want to 17.6%
If anything, want to 23.3%
If anything, do not want to 20.0%
Do not want to 31.0%
Have no children 6.5%
Do not know; No answer 1.7%

 

Q20-A. Let us only ask men those who currently reside with spouse.
Currently, how much do you do housework, such as cooking, cleaning, or
laundry?

Do a lot 9.2%
Do somewhat 38.0%
Do not do much 28.2%
Do not do at all 23.5%
Do not know; No answer 1.2%

 

Q20-B. How much do you think you want to do housework from now on?

Want to do very much 13.7%
Somewhat want to do 53.3%
Do not want to do very much 21.0%
Do not want to do at all 10.9%
Do not know; No answer 1.0%

 

Q21-A. Let us only ask women those who currently reside with spouse.
Currently, how much does your spouse do housework, such as cooking,
cleaning, or laundry?

Does a lot 13.6%
Does somewhat 35.3%
Does not do very much 24.6%
Does not do at all 26.5%
Do not know; No answer ---

 

Q21-B. Do you want your spouse to do more housework actively from now on?

Want him to do actively 25.5%
Want him to do somewhat 48.6%
Do not want him to do very much 16.9%
Do not want him to do at all 7.9%
Do not know; No answer 1.1%

Basic Poll Characteristics

Region:

Hokkaido-Tohoku (1 circuit; 6 prefectures) 12.5%
Kanto (1 metropolis; 6 prefectures) 28.7
Chubu (10 prefectures) 19.0
Kinki (2 urban prefectures; 4 prefectures) 18.3
Chugoku-Shikoku (9 prefectures) 9.8
Kyushu (8 prefectures) 11.7

 

Size of city:

Large city 21.7%
Major urban area 19.0
Medium-sized city 25.1
SmallCity 23.3
Town or village 11.0
Figures based on November 1, 2006 classification system

 

F1 Sex:

Male 48.2%
Female 51.8

 

F2 Age:

20-24 years old 4.7 Twenties 10.9%
25-29 years old 6.3
30-34 years old 7.3 Thirties 15.8
35-39 years old 8.5
40-44 years old 7.1 Forties 14.6
45-49 years old 7.5
50-54 years old 8.8 Fifties 20.8
55-59 years old 12.0
Sixties 22.7
Seventies or older 15.1

 

F3 Education:

Elementary or Junior High School Graduate 14.5%
High School Graduate 48.2
Two-year college or University Graduate 36.5
Don't know/No answer 0.8

 

F4 Employment:

Agriculture, forestry, or fisheries 4.0 Self-employed 14.9%
Commerce, Industry, or services 9.7
Freelance 1.1
Administration or professional 5.7 Salaried worker 45.0
Office or technology 17.2
Labor or services 22.1
Full-time housewife 21.6 Unemployed; not working 40.1
Women other than housewives 4.1
Student 2.2
Other; unemployed; don't know; no answer 12.2

 

F5 Annual Salary Range:

Less than 2,000,000 yen 9.1%
2,000,000-4,000,000 yen 20.9
4,000,000-6,000,000 yen 22.3
6,000,000-8,000,000 yen 14.8
8,000,000-10,000,000 yen 8.6
More than 10,000,000 yen 5.5
Don't know; no answer 19.4

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