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Sixty-one percent of people responding to a Kyodo News survey said they support the idea of revising the Constitution, according to results released Wednesday.

The telephone survey was conducted on Monday and Tuesday after panels in both houses of the Diet adopted final reports calling for revisions to the supreme law.

The survey covered about 1,481 eligible voters nationwide; 1,021 responded. It is not known how the voters were selected.

According to the survey, 21.2 percent of respondents said they agree with the idea of changing the Constitution and 39.8 percent said that they “tend to” agree with the idea. Another 10.1 percent said they were opposed to the idea, with 19.7 percent saying they tend to oppose it. The remaining 9.2 percent did not state a preference or refraining from answering.

Concerning Article 9 of the Constitution, which renounces war and the use of armed forces, 31.3 percent said it should be revised and 41.3 percent said they do not think it should be revised. Another 24.3 percent said they had no opinion about Article 9.

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