Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/92603
Authors: 
Tsutsui, Yoshiro
Kimball, Miles
Ohtake, Fumio
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 695
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether Japanese people were happy and unhappy with the general election conducted on September 11, 2005, in which the Prime Minister, Koizumi, won a landslide victory. We conducted a large survey just after the election to ask people how happy they were and which party they had supported. Although there are consistent tendencies that supporters of ruling parties were happier and supporters of opposition parties were unhappier, the effect was not significant. Considering the results of a previous study that showed that Americans demonstrated significant responses to the result of a presidential election, this study suggests that Japanese people are indifferent to politics.
Subjects: 
election
happiness
Koizumi Cabinet
survey
Japan
JEL: 
I31
D72
C42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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