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39% of pollees say the opposition parties should join hands in “election cooperation”

  • 2016-01-25 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: January 25, 2016 – p. 2)


 [Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo conducted a poll on Jan. 22–24.] When asked how the opposition parties should prepare for the House of Councillors elections this summer, 39% of pollees said “they should engage in election cooperation,” making this the most frequent response. A total of 21% said that “several [opposition] parties should form a new party” and 26% said that “the status quo is fine.”


 The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is considering merging with the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), with which it has formed a parliamentary alliance in the House of Representatives. The DPJ leadership is advocating for “the DPJ to absorb the JIP,” but conservative parliamentarians and others are pushing for the option of having both parties disband and form a new party.


 Compared with last October’s survey when the same question was asked, those responding that “a new party should be formed” dropped by 5 points this time while those saying “the status quo is fine” rose by 6 points. Even among those supporting the DPJ, 66% said that the opposition parties should engage in “election cooperation” and 22% said “a new party should be formed.” In the case of independents, 38% said “election cooperation” while 26% said “a new party should be formed.” Of those not supporting the cabinet, 51% said “election cooperation” while 31% said “a new party should be formed.”

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