University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0992
Survey Title Post-Election Survey for the 22nd House of Councillors Election, 2010
Depositor The Association For Promoting Fair Elections
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Summary This survey aims to study the voting behavior of eligible voters during the 22nd regular election of the House of Councillors, which were held on July 11, 2010, to create source material for future election public awareness activities.
The main survey items are as follows.

1) Interest in politics and elections, 2) voting and abstention, 3) voting selection process, 4) contact with election media, 5) the electoral system, and 6) participation and contact with initiatives for election public awareness.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Individual men and women aged 20 years and older
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 3,000 people, valid responses: 1,899(63.3%)
Date of Collection 2010-08-19 ~ 2010-09-05
2010/08/19 – 09/05
Time Period 2007 ~ 2010
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
Sampling: Electoral roll
Sampling Method: Two-stage stratified random sampling
Number of Sites: 172 municipalities, 210 locations
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
In-person Interview
Investigator The Association For Promoting Fair Elections, survey carried out by Shin Joho Center, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0992
Sponsors (Funds)
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 Politics and Elections
-Thoughts on voting in elections
-Level of interest in national or local politics
-Level of interest in the upcoming election
-Contested issues in the upcoming election
-Most important issue
-Factors related to the upcoming election of the House of Councillors
-Conservative or reformist
-Party one supports and degree of support
-Party one does not fully support but finds preferable
-Thoughts on the results of the upcoming election before voting day
-Voting with consideration to the balance between power of majority and minority parties or abstaining from voting
-Life satisfaction
-Outlook towards life improvement in the future
-Satisfaction with politics

(2) Voting and Abstention
-Voting participation
-Reason for deciding to vote
-Use of early or absentee voting, and reason, period, time of voting
-Party of candidate one voted for in electoral district
-Party one voted for in proportional representation or party of candidate
-When did one decide to not vote
-Reason for not voting
-Reason for not using early voting

(3) Voting Selection Process
-Priorities in choosing a candidate in the electoral district elections
-Priorities in electoral district elections (party, individual)
-When respondent decided to vote for candidate in electoral district elections
-The party and candidate voted for in electoral district elections
-When respondent decided to vote for candidate or party in the proportional representation election,
-Voting in proportional representation elections (party or the party of the candidate)
-Voting in proportional representation elections (candidate name or party name)
-Reasons for voting by party name
-Priorities when selecting a candidate in proportional representation elections
-Priorities when selecting a party in proportional representation elections
-Issues when considering House of Councillors election

(4) Contact with Election Media
-Information seen and heard related to the upper house election before election day
-Election information seen and heard relation to this election
-Acquisition and reading of manifestos
-Pressure from other people

(5) Electoral System
-Awareness of early voting
-Awareness and notification of voting methods for proportional system in which both party and individual votes are cast
-Voting time for voting district
-Thoughts about voting time
-Awareness about decision method for elected persons in proportional representation for the House of Councillors election

(6) Participation and Contact with Initiatives for Election Public Awareness
-Opinion about whether the elections were fair
-Locus of responsibility if the elections were not fair
-Awareness of “Fair Election Promotion Committee” and Shirobara-kai ("White Rose Association")
-Participation Experience in “Fair Election Promotion Committee” and Shirobara-kai ("White Rose Association") activities
-Awareness of election promotion movement and mascot characters
-Contact with election public awareness
-Results of contact with election public awareness
-Pros and cons of continuing activities for voter turnout improvement by “Prefectural Committees for Election Administration” and the “Fair Election Promotion Committee”

(7) Previous Elections
-Party of candidate voted for in the election under the Abe administration (July 2007)
-Party voted for in proportional representation election under the Abe administration (July 2007)
-Party of candidate voted for in single-seat election of the House of Representatives (August 2009)
-Party or party of candidate voted for in House of Representatives proportional representation election (August 2009)
-Whether the respondent has voted for candidates from the same political party in House of Councillors elections over the last 10 years

(8) Demographic Items
Gender, age, highest level of educational attainment, occupation, employment status and official position, number of years in residence, distance (time) to polling station, family structure, level of attachment towards your city/district/town, organization membership, frequency of internet usage, type of websites accessed, way of accessing the Internet (computer, mobile phone, etc.).

*For details on survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2015/07/02
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Political behaviour and attitudes
Topics in SSJDA Politics/Administration/Election
Version 1 : 2015-07-02
Notes for Users Variable and value labels are written in Japanese.