Yomiuri Shimbun Public Opinion Poll Released June 6, 2011

Key Issues
  • Support for the Kan cabinet
  • Kan’s declaration of resignation
  • Evaluation of no-confidence motion
Dates Conducted

June 3 and 4, 2011

Date Released

June 6, 2011

Methodology

Nationwide telephone survey using the RDD (random digit dialing) method.
Numbers selected for dialing: 4500
Households confirmed with an eligible voter: 1771
Random selection of one eligible voter per household.
Valid responses: 1057 (with 60% response rate)

Survey

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

Support

31%

Do not support

59%

Other

5%

No answer

5%

 

Q2. Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose one.

Democratic Party of Japan

25%

Liberal Democratic Party

19%

New Komeito

3%

Japan Communist Party

3%

Social Democratic Party

1%

Your Party

2%

The People’s New Party

--

The Sunrise Party of Japan

0%

The New Party Nippon

--

New Renaissance Party

--

Other party

 0%

Do not support any party

44%

No answer

2%

 

Q3.  Prime Minister Kan declared that he would step down once certain progress had been made in the rebuilding process after the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and nuclear crisis in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Do you think that Prime Minister Kan should or does not need to resign from his position?

Should resign

54%

Not need to resign

36%

No answer

10%

 

Q4.  Prime Minister Kan did not make any definite statements on when he will resign. Do you think Prime Minister Kan should resign from his position as soon as possible?

Should resign as soon as possible

40%

Not have to resign as soon as possible

53%

No answer

8%

 

Q5.  The LDP and others submitted a no-confidence motion to the House of Representatives. Do you think that the submission of the no-confidence motion was appropriate?

Appropriate

27%

Not appropriate

65%

No answer

8%

 

Q6.  Is it understandable that some DPJ members such as the former DPJ leader Ichiro Ozawa and the former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama made a move to support the no-confidence motion at one point?

Understandable

22%

Not understandable

73%

No answer

5%

 

Q7.  Has your impression toward the DPJ improved, worsened or not changed while you were observing the DPJ’s internal movements regarding the no-confidence motion?

Improved

2%

Worsened

60%

Not changed

35%

No answer

3%

 

Q8. Who do you think the most adequate person for the next prime minister is? Please choose one person from the list.

Yukio Edano

9%

Katsuya Okada

9%

Ichiro Ozawa

4%

Kouichiro Genba

1%

Yoshito Sengoku

1%

Yoshihiko Noda

2%

Kazuhiro Haraguchi

5%

Seiji Maehara

14%

Shigeru Ishiba

7%

Nobuteru Ishihara

9%

Sadakazu Tanigaki

3%

Other

2%

There is no adequate person

22%

No answer

11%

 

Q9.  For the future, what kind of administration do you think should be formed? Please choose one from the following four options.

Administration centered around the DPJ

10%

Administration centered around the LDP

11%

Administration centered around a grand coalition of the DPJ and the LDP

30%

Administration with a new framework by political realignment

40%

Other

1%

No answer

9%

 

Q10.  Do you appreciate the government’s manner of handling the relief and reconstruction of the Great Tohoku Earthquake disaster area?

Yes

28%

No

64%

No answer

8%

 

Q11.  Do you appreciate the government’s manner of handling the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant?

Yes

17%

No

73%

No answer

10%

 

Q12.  Can you trust the claims regarding the nuclear power plant accident?

Yes

14%

No

78%

No answer

7%

 

Q13.  Approximately 30 percent of Japanese electricity depends on energy generated by nuclear power. What should be the future of Japan’s nuclear power generation? Please choose one from the following.

Nuclear power generation should be increased

2%

Nuclear power generation should continue as it is

32%

Nuclear power generation should be decreased

45%

Nuclear power generation should end

16%

Other

0%

No answer

4%

 

Q14.  Do you agree or disagree with the idea of raising the tax rate to fund the disaster reconstruction?

Agree

52%

Disagree

41%

No answer

7%

 

Q15. Which political party do you think you would vote for in the proportional representation section of the next general election for the House of Representatives?  Please choose one.

Democratic Party of Japan

22%

Liberal Democratic Party

24%

New Komeito

4%

Japan Communist Party

3%

Social Democratic Party

1%

Your Party

3%

The People’s New Party

0%

The Sunrise Party of Japan

0%

The New Party Nippon

--

New Renaissance Party

--

Other party

 0%

Did not decide yet

30%

No answer

12%

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