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NIKKEI SHIMBUN MARCH 2010 TELEPHONE OPINION POLL - (P10-08)

Nikkei Shimbun March 2010 Telephone Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
March 26-28 , 2010

Copyright
Nikkei Shimbun

Methodology
Nationwide poll. See below for age and gender breakdown

Key Issues

  • Support for the Hatoyama cabinet
  • Relocation of Futenma Air Station
  • House of Councillors election
  • Political party subsidies

Link to Original Source
http://www.nikkei-r.co.jp/phone/results/popup/y201003_a.html

Disclaimer
The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Nikkei Shimbun poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use

 

*All numbers are percentages

*Numbers in parentheses are the total number of respondents  

 

Q1.  Do you support or not support the Hatoyama cabinet? (N=954) 

Support 29
Do not support 53
Cannot say/Do not know 19

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Cannot say”/”Do not know”] Which of the following is closest to your feelings? (N=179)  

Support 39
Do not support 25
Cannot say/Do not know 36

  [Total (combined) approval rating (N=954)] 

Support 36
Do not support 57
Cannot say/Do not know 7

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Support”] What are the reasons you support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=344) 

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 39
Because it has good policies 23
Because it is internationally minded 7
Because it has good leadership 3
Because it is stable 3
Because of the trustworthy character of its members 23
Because it is politically clean 11
Because its management of government and party is good 8
Other 10
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

SQ3.  [For those who answered “Do not support”] What are the reasons you do not support the cabinet?  Please choose all that apply from the following eight answers: (N=546) 

Because it is a DPJ cabinet 13
Because its policies are bad 34
Because it is not internationally minded 12
Because of its lack of leadership 57
Because it is not stable 33
Because its members are not trustworthy 14
Because it is not clean politically 11
Because its management of government and party is bad 41
Other 6
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q2.  Which political party do you currently support?  Please choose only one. (N=954) 

Democratic Party ofJapan 29
Liberal Democratic Party 16
New Komeito 4
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 0
Your Party 4
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 39
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

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=412) 

Democratic Party ofJapan 11
Liberal Democratic Party 15
New Komeito 1
JapanCommunist Party 3
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 9
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Do not favor any political party 44
Cannot say/Do not know 14

  [Support + Preferred Parties (N=954)] 

Democratic Party ofJapan 33
Liberal Democratic Party 23
New Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 1
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 8
Kaikaku Club 0
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 0
Do not favor any political party 19
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

Q3.  How do you evaluate the performance of the Hatoyama cabinet during the latter half of the year? (N=954) 

Positively 29
Not positively 57
Neither 10
Cannot say/Do not know 3

 

SQ1.  [For those who answered “Positively] What is the biggest reason for your evaluation? Please choose one from the following seven answers: (N=277) 

Approach toward economic measures 8
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 59
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 9
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 1
Approach toward the politics and money problem 6
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 6
Approach toward global warming problems 6
Other 4
Cannot say/Do not know 2

 

SQ2.  [For those who answered “Not positively”] What is the biggest reason for your evaluation?  Please choose one from the following seven answers:  (N=547) 

Approach toward economic measures 19
Approach toward cutting wasteful public spending 6
Approach toward pension/medical care problems 7
Approach toward diplomacy/national security 10
Approach toward the politics and money problem 39
Approach toward building a system of political leadership 11
Approach toward global warming problems 1
Other 3
Cannot say/Do not know 4

 

Q4.  Although it appears that the national and prefectural debt will be the largest ever, Prime Minister Hatoyama has stated “the consumption tax will not be raised in four years.”  What are your thoughts on the prime minister’s statement? (N=954)  

For 43
Against 46
Neither 6
Cannot say/Do not know 5

 

Q5. The government is considering prohibiting donations from corporations and organizations to combat the politics and money problem.  It has been suggested that subsidies to political parties from the country should be increased.  What are your thoughts on how political funds should be raised? (N=954) 

Prohibit donations from corporations and organizations and increase political subsidies 16
Should prohibit donations from corporations and organizations, but should not increase political subsidies either 47
Should not prohibit donations from corporations and organizations 16
Other 2
Cannot say/Do not know 18

 

Q6.  The government aims to make a decision on the relocation of the U.S. Futenma Air Station by the end of May and is hurrying its examination of the issue.  How do you believe the government should handle this issue? (N=954)  

Should relocate elsewhere withinOkinawa 19
Should relocate withinJapan, but outsideOkinawa 12
Should relocate outside ofJapan 32
No need to relocate from Futenma 20
Neither 6
Cannot say/Do not know 11

  

Q7.  It is being said that if the U.S. Futenma Air Station relocation issue is not resolved by the end of May it will affect the future of the Hatoyama administration.  What are your thoughts on this problem?  (N=954)  

The issue is of critical enough importance to influence the future of the administration 42
The issue is of critical importance, however not enough to influence the future of the administration 44
The issue is not of critical importance 6
Other 1
Cannot say/Do not know 8

 

Q8.  When you cast your vote this summer for the House of Councillors election, will you take into consideration Prime Minister Hatoyama and DPJ Secretary General Ozawa’s political fund scandals? (N=954) 

Will take into consideration 60
Will not take into consideration 32
Neither 2
Cannot say/Do not know 6

 

Q9.  In this summer’s House of Councillors election, which party or which candidate’s party will you vote for?  (N=954)

Democratic Party ofJapan 24
Liberal Democratic Party 20
New Komeito 5
JapanCommunist Party 4
Social Democratic Party 2
The People’s New Party 1
Your Party 9
Kaikaku Club 1
The New Party ofJapan 0
Other political party 1
Have not decided yet 22
Will not vote 0
Cannot say/Do not know 10

  

Q10.  In the future, which politician would you like to see demonstrate greater influence over Japanese politics?  Please choose one from the following: (N=954)  

Yukio Hatoyama 6
Katsuya Okada 8
Ichiro Ozawa 3
NaotoKan 7
Seiji Maehara 10
Akira Nagatsuma 3
Sadakazu Tanigaki 1
Shigeru Ishiba 6
Nobuteru Ishihara 5
Yoichi Masuzoe 28
Other 6
Cannot say/Do not know 15

 

Polling Information

F1. Gender (Determined by the polltaker) (N=954) 

Male 47
Female 53
Unknown 0

 

F2.  How old are you? (N=954) 

20s 5
30s 12
40s 19
50s 18
60s 25
70 years old or older 17
Refused to answer 4

 Average Age: 55.0 years

 

F3. What is your occupation? (N=954) 

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries 3
Employee (company or governmental employee, teacher, etc.) 43
Self-owned business, self-employed (including a homemaker) 11
Full-time housewife (without job only) 19
Student 1
Unemployed 18
Refused to answer 3

 

 

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