Sixteen percent of people surveyed say they will vote for the Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation section of the June 25 House of Representatives election, according to a Kyodo News poll released Monday.
Those who intend to vote for the biggest opposition force, the Democratic Party of Japan, totaled 8 percent, while New Komeito and the Japanese Communist Party drew backing of 3 percent each.
The Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party each received support of 2 percent, the poll shows.
Forty-nine percent have not yet picked a party.
Kyodo conducted a telephone poll on 2,000 eligible voters across Japan on Friday and Saturday.
The parties got about the same support rates when the respondents were asked how they would vote in the single-seat constituencies.
In the election, 300 of the Lower House seats will be filled from single-seat constituencies and 180 from proportional representation.
In large cities, 11 percent said they will vote for the DPJ in the proportional representation section of the election, while 9 percent said they will vote for the LDP.
Forty-one percent believe the proportion of Lower House seats held by the LDP will decline, while 28 percent believe the LDP’s share will either fall or be unchanged.
As of the Lower House dissolution June 2, the LDP had 267 seats, followed by the DPJ with 96, New Komeito with 48, and the JCP with 26.
Thirty-three percent of the respondents said they support a particular party, while 57 percent say they do not support any party.
Of respondents unaffiliated with any party, 63 percent said they have yet to decide on one to back in the proportional representation section of the vote.
Sixty percent of the respondents said they are interested in the coming election, while 36 percent said they are not.
Women showed less interest in the election than men, by 12 percentage points.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents in their 20s said they are not interested in the election.
Of those who say they will vote for New Komeito in the proportional representation section, 8 percent said they will vote for LDP candidates in the single-seat constituencies.
The LDP and New Komeito have been in a coalition with the New Conservative Party, taking control of both chambers of the Diet.