University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1074
Survey Title Post-Election Survey for the 47th House of Representatives Election, 2014
Depositor The Association For Promoting Fair Elections
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Summary This survey aims to investigate the actual voting behavior, etc., of voters in the 47th general election of the House of Representatives held on December 14, 2014, and to make it a document for election awareness in the future.

The main survey items are as follows.
(1) Interest in politics/elections
(2) Voting and abstention
(3) Sequence of events leading to voting choice
(4) Contact with election mediums
(5) About the electoral system
(6) Participation and contact with election awareness
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Individual men and women aged 20 years or older
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 3,000 people, valid responses: 2,029 people, response rate: 67.6%
Date of Collection 2015-03-19 ~ 2015-04-15
2015/03/19 (Thursday) – 04/15 (Wednesday)
Time Period 2014 ~ 2015
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Sampling: With election directory
Sampling method: Stratified two-stage random sampling
Number of locations: 210 locations in 172 municipalities
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Mail survey
Investigator The Association For Promoting Fair Elections, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1074
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Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items (1) Interest in elections and politics
・Level of interest in politics, satisfaction level with politics, conservative/ progressive ideology
・Life satisfaction level, forecast for improving life in the future
・Sense of obligation to vote, level of interest in election
(2) Voting and abstention
・Participation in voting and type (before or on election day/absentee voting), voting time
・[Single-member district voting] party of the candidate of choice, [proportional representation voting] and party of choice
・Reason for abstention, when the decision of abstention was made and the desire to go out to vote
・Reason for low voter turnout and evaluation of the number of seats won by the ruling party (too many/right amount/too few)
・The party of the candidates of choice in the single-member district voting, party of choice in the proportional representation voting [in the 46th general election of the House of Representatives (December 2012)]

(3) The sequence of events leading to the voting choice
・[Single-member district voting] Important aspects (party/individual candidates), aspects considered while deciding on a candidates to vote for, the time of deciding on a candidate to vote for
・Policy issues taken into account
・Party the respondent normally supports, party of preference

(4) Contact with election mediums
・Source of information on politics/elections
・Level of contact with and availability of election campaigns
・Use of online election campaigns and whether the information was useful

(5) Details of the electoral system
・Perceptions of election cleanliness
・Acknowledgment of voting age reduction/agrees or disagrees
・Thoughts on low voter turnout

(6) Participation and contact with election awareness
・Acknowledgment of the promotion campaigns for fair elections/participation in lectures
・Acknowledgment of the character and image of the promotion campaigns for fair elections
・Contact with voting incentives and the effect of incentives

【Face items】
・Gender, age, highest level of educational attainment, occupation, type of industry
・Years of residence, time required to travel to voting place, voting end time at the place of voting
・Family composition, affiliation to groups
・Device used to connect to the Internet
Date of Release
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Topics in SSJDA Politics/Administration/Election
Version 1 : 2016-11-02
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