Yomiuri Shimbun December 2007 Opinion Polls (07-38)

Key Issues
  • Evaluation of the Fukuda administration/Cabinet
  • Expiration of Maritime Self Defense Forces refueling activities law
  • Possibility of overriding Upper House’s rejection in Lower House
  • Stress and mental health
Dates Conducted

December 8 – 9, 2007

Methodology

Yomiuri conducted the poll in individual interviews on December 8 and 9, 2007, using a stratified two-stage random sample of 3,000 voters in 250 different locations. 1,773 people, or 59.1% of those selected, responded.

Survey

Q1. Do you support or not support the Fukuda cabinet?

Support 52.5% (52.2)
Do not support 35.3% (36.0)
Other 3.3% (3.3)
Do not know; No answer 9.0% (8.6)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

 

SQ1. [For those who answered “Support” to Q1]

Please select up to two reasons from the following list for why you support the Fukuda cabinet.

Positively evaluate its political stance 25.7% (28.0)
Feel that it is stable 40.2% (37.6)
Can trust the Prime Minister 27.8% (28.6)
Positively evaluate its economic policies 5.7% ( 7.1)
Positively evaluate its foreign policy 8.1% ( 6.6)
It is a coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party 7.7% ( 7.4)
Fukuda is an LDP Prime Minister 18.8% (19.7)
It is better than previous cabinets 18.7% (19.4)
Other; Do not know; No answer 3.3%( 4.3)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

 

SQ2. [Those who answered “Do not support” to Q1 only]

Please select up to two reasons from the following list for why you do not support the Fukuda cabinet:

Cannot positively evaluate its political stance 38.4% (31.2)
Do not feel that the cabinet is stable 24.5% (25.2)
Cannot trust the Prime Minister 22.7% (21.0)
Cannot support the administration’s economic policies 34.6% (29.3)
Cannot support the administration’s foreign policy 11.7% (12.1)
It is a coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party 17.0% (19.5)
Fukuda is an LDP Prime Minister 8.8%(13.2)
It is worse than previous cabinets 5.6% (4.9)
Other; Do not know; No answer 4.3% (4.8)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

Q2. From list below, please select all applicable issues you would like the Fukuda cabinet to prioritize and address:

Economic conditions/job security 53.0% (55.2)
Fiscal reconstruction 20.6% (19.4)
Tax reform and the issue of the consumption tax 32.1% (31.0)
Social security reform, including pensions and healthcare 61.2% (60.7)
Support for child care and countermeasures for declining birthrates 27.1% (27.0)
Education reform 18.1% (19.1)
Problems of income disparities 25.1% (25.7)
Administrative reform, such as cutting back the number of government employees 17.4% (18.3)
Politics and money issues 35.1% (35.4)
Foreign policy toward Asia, including China and South Korea 11.2% (10.5)
Issues with North Korea 22.3% (20.4)
National defense and security 10.9% (13.7)
Constitutionalrevision 5.2% (5.5)
Disaster prevention and crisis management 8.2% (8.2)
Public safety and crime prevention 18.6% (17.3)
Environmental protection 20.9% (19.8)
Food safety 27.3% (27.2)
Other; Nothing special; Do not know; No answer 2.5% (3.3)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

Q3. Which political party do you support right now? Please select one:

Liberal Democratic Party 35.3% (34.3)
Democratic Party of Japan 17.1% (22.5)
Komeito Party 2.5% (2.7)
Japan Communist Party 2.1% (2.3)
Social Democratic Party of Japan 0.8% (1.1)
The New People’s Party 0.3%(0.2)
The New Party Nippon 0.1% (0.2)
Other 0.2%(0.1)
Do not support any party 40.8% (36.0)
Do not know; No answer 0.7% (0.6)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

 

Q4.  Are you interested in Japan’s current politics or not?

Very interested 30.8%
Somewhat interested 44.7%
Not very interested 19.7%
Not interested at all 4.5%
Do not know; No answer 0.3%

 

Q5. Are you satisfied with the current state of Japanese politics or not?

Very satisfied 1.0%
Somewhat satisfied 14.7%
Somewhat dissatisfied 49.9%
Very dissatisfied 33.1%
Do not know; No answer 1.4%

 

Q6. Under the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law, Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force vessels were sent to the Indian Ocean to carry out refueling activities in support of the multinational army fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. However, the law permitting this activity expired on November 1, and their mission was brought to an end. Do you support or are you against the continuation of the Maritime Self Defense Force refueling activities?

Support 47.5%(50.6)
Against 41.1%(40.3)
Do not know; No answer 11.3%( 9.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

 

Q7.To continue the Maritime Self Defense Force refueling activities, the government has submitted a new bill to the Diet that limits MSDF activities to supplying fuel and water; these activities can be renewed for one-year periods without Diet approval. Do you support this bill or not?

Support 44.7% (48.7)
Against 42.6% (38.8)
Do not know; No answer 12.7% (12.5)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November2007

Q8. If the new refueling activities bill is voted down in House of Councillors, the ruling LDP and Komeito coalition, which has a two-thirds majority in the lower house, can hold a second vote in the House of Representatives. Do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for to hold a second vote in the lower house if a bill is voted down in the upper house?

Appropriate 42.5%
Inappropriate 43.9%
Do not know; No answer 13.6%

 

Q9. Overall, do you approve of the Democratic Party of Japan’s handling of the current session of the Diet or not?

Highly approve 3.6%
Somewhat approve 33.1%
Do not really approve 41.7%
Do not approve at all 15.5%
Do not know; No answer 6.1%

 

Stress

Q10. Have you experienced stress lately or not?

Often 24.9% (23.6)
Sometimes 43.0% (36.1)
Not really 22.8% (29.1)
Not at all 8.9% (11.0)
Do not know; No answer 0.3% ( 0.2)

Figures in parentheses are results from polls conducted in November 2007

Q11. What sort of things make you feel stressed? Please choose as many from the following as apply.

Health/physical condition 33.6%
Business with work 28.4%
Lateness or mistakes at work 8.1%
Uncertainty over future of work 18.3%
Interpersonal relationships with boss/coworkers 12.4%
Housework, child raising 11.0%
Relationship with children 5.6%
[Nursing] Care for parents, etc. 8.4%
Family relationships 8.4%
Management of household finances 19.6%
Interpersonal relationships with friends/acquaintances 8.4%
Local/neighborhood relationships 9.9%
Other 2.5%
Do not feel stress 10.5%
Do not know; No answer 4.3%

 

Q12. When you feel stress, how do you relieve it? Please choose as many from the following as apply.

Exercise, including sports 22.0%
Get absorbed in a hobby 31.5%
Go shopping 16.7%
Eat 14.0%
Drink alcohol 21.0%
Have a chat 26.4%
Ask someone for advice 10.2%
Get sleep 23.6%
Relax 27.5%
Other 1.6%
No way to relieve stress 2.2%
Do not feel stress 10.5%
Do not know; No answer 0.4%

 

Q13. Ordinarily, do you think you are able to relieve stress effectively or not?

Yes 31.1%
Generally yes 39.4%
Generally no 12.2%
No 5.5%
Do not feel stress 10.5%
Do not know; No answer 1.3%

 

Q14. Do you ever feel a great amount of stress and gotten very blue, losing interest in everything, or not?

Often 4.5%
Sometimes 23.6%
Not usually 37.2%
Not at all 34.5%
Do not know; No answer 0.1%

 

Q15. Recently, do you think that people who are down for long periods of time, suffering from depression, etc.–in other words, experiencing  breakdown in mental health–are on the rise or not?

Yes 74.5%
No 22.2%
Do not know; No answer 3.3%

 

Q16. Do you worry that you could suffer from a breakdown of mental health or not?

Often worry 6.9%
Sometimes worry 27.4%
Do not really worry 34.9%
Do not worry at all 30.2%
Do not know; no answer 0.7%

 

Q17. Hypothetically, if you were to feel unsure about your mental health, what kind of person would you talk to? Choose as many from the following as apply.

Parents 13.9%
Husband/wife 46.5%
Siblings 13.9%
Children 11.3%
Boss/colleague at work 6.3%
Friend/acquaintance 43.1%
Specialist/counselor 18.0%
Other 0.2%
Do not have anyone 7.0%
Do not know; no answer 1.9%

 

Q18. Hypothetically, if you were to suffer a mental health breakdown, do you have reservations or not about getting medical help from a specialist?

Great reservations 6.7%
Some reservations 26.2%
Do not have much reservation 31.5%
No reservations 33.3%
Do not know; No answer 2.4%

Q19.To support mental health, what kind of efforts do you think the government/corporations need to make? Please choose as many from the following as apply.

Increase places where people can get specialized advice 50.6%
Increase number of specialists/counselors 39.9%
Provide information so individuals can maintain mental health 23.5 %
Increase peoples’ awareness of mental health 27.7%
Improve working conditions, e.g. eliminate long working hours 19.7%
Increase management’s awareness of mental health at the workplace 0.9%
Other 0.1 %
Nothing in particular 10.0
Do not know; No answer 1.6%

 

Fundamental Characteristics of the Survey Sample

Regional Distribution

Hokkaido, Tohoku 12.7%
Kanto 29.4%
Chubu 19.3%
Kinki 18.0%
Chugoku, Shikoku 9.0%
Kyushu 114%

 

City Scale

Large metropolitan areas (Tokyo’s 23 wards and ordinance-designated cities) 22.1%
Large mid-sized cities (cities with population over 300,000) 16.9%
Mid-sized cities (cities with population over 100,000) 25.4%
Small cities (cities with population under 100,000) 24.9%
Towns and villages 10.7%

The scale is based on the established standards as of September 30, 2007

 

Gender Distribution

Male 48.7%
Female 51.3%

 

Age Distribution (in years)

20-24 4.6%
25-29 5.2%
30-34 7.4%
35-39 8.2%
40-44 9.2%
45-49 6.9%
50-54 10.4%
55-59 11.4%
60-69 21.6%
Over 70 years old 14.9%

 

Educational Background

Elementary/middle-school graduate 15.1%
High-school student or graduate 50.1%
College/junior-college student or graduate 33.8%
Do not know; No answer 1.0%

 

Occupational Background

[Self-employed] 13.5%
[Salaried worker] 46.2%
[Other] 40.3%
Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing 4.3%
Business/Industry/Service 8.2%
Freelance Professional 1.0%
Management/Professional 5.6%
Office worker/Skill industry 19.0%
Labor/Service 21.6%
Housewife 22.9%
Domestic woman other than a housewife 3.6%
Student 1.5%
Other; Unemployed; No answer 12.3%

 

Household Annual Income (in Japanese yen)

Below 2 million 10.2%
In between 2 and 4 million 22.0%
In between 4 and 6 million 23.4%
In between 6 and 8 million 14.2%
In between 8 and 10 million 6.9%
Over 10 million 5.1%
Do not know; No answer 18.2%

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