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LDP leads pack with 28% support rate ahead of Upper House poll

Kyodo

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday had the highest support rating going into next month’s Upper House election, leaving the opposition Democratic Party of Japan far behind, the latest survey says.

The nationwide telephone survey, conducted Saturday and Sunday by Kyodo News, found that 28.8 percent of the respondents intend to vote for the LDP in the proportional representation section of the House of Councilors election and that 8.2 percent plan to vote for the DPJ.

Among the other parties, New Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, drew 6.0 percent support, followed by 4.8 percent for the Japan Restoration Party, 3.9 percent for Your Party, 3.2 percent for the Japanese Communist Party, 0.6 percent for the Social Democratic Party, 0.2 percent for Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi (People’s Life Party), and 0.1 percent apiece for New Party Daichi and Green Wind.

The outcome is far from uncertain, however, because 37.7 percent of the respondents said they still haven’t decided who to vote for.

The support rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has meanwhile declined to 65.6 percent from the 68.0 percent logged from June 1 to 2, while its disapproval rate has jumped to 23.6 percent from 16.3 percent.

The latest survey drew responses from 1,224 eligible voters, with 56.4 percent saying they want the LDP-New Komeito ruling coalition to gain a majority in the Upper House poll, and 27.9 percent saying they do not.

The survey also found that 35.4 percent of the public will scrutinize the politicians’ economic proposals, especially on jobs, for clues on how to vote.

Another 28.3 percent will examine social security-related policies, such as pension and health care measures.

As for other issues of interest, 8.9 percent mentioned the consumption tax hike and 7.7 percent brought up plans to amend the Constitution.

On revising the Constitution, 50.4 percent expressed support and 33.5 percent expressed opposition.

While the ban on online campaigning will be lifted for the upcoming election, 60.0 percent of the respondents said they would not use the Internet to make their decisions, surpassing the 39.4 percent who said they would.

Kyodo News will conduct its survey on the Upper House election from June 29 to 30.