• Kyodo


The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is projected to win a leading 28.0 percent of the proportional representation seats in Sunday’s general election, the latest survey showed Thursday.

According to the Kyodo News poll, the support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet stood at 48.7 percent, compared with a disapproval rate of 41.1 percent, a reversal from the previous poll that showed disapproval surpassing approval.

In the telephone survey conducted Wednesday and Thursday, the support rate for the LDP in the proportional representation section compares with 11.8 percent for the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, up 1.5 points from the previous poll conducted from Nov. 28 to 29.

As for single-seat constituencies, 34.1 percent favored the LDP, up 4.7 points from the previous survey, against 11.7 percent for the DPJ, up 0.9 point.

Meanwhile, 51.8 percent of respondents expressed opposition to “Abenomics,” Abe’s economic growth plan. The plan is touted as comprising three “arrows:” radical monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and growth-oriented reform vows. Those who back Abenomics came to 37.1 percent.

The survey said 47.2 percent hope the election will bring about a more balanced distribution of seats between the ruling and opposition parties, down 5.8 points from the previous survey.

Before election campaigning started last week, the ruling coalition of the conservative LDP and Komeito held 326 of the 480 seats.

In the upcoming election, 475 seats will be up for grabs as the chamber is reduced as part of an overhaul to address long-neglected vote weight disparities “in a state of unconstitutionality” that favor the LDP.

Of the respondents, 69.5 percent said they are interested in the upcoming election considerably or to some extent, up slightly from 67.4 percent in the previous survey.

Asked what the most important issue in the election is, economic policy was cited by 30.9 percent, social security by 29.4 percent, fiscal rehabilitation by 9.1 percent, nuclear power and energy policy by 7.7 percent, and revitalization of local economies by 6.6 percent.

The voters’ trend survey was conducted by calling 1,771 randomly selected households with eligible voters and drew 1,225 valid responses.

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