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Polls on constitutional revision

  • May 3, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, NIkkei
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As today marks Constitution Day, Asahi, Mainichi, and Nikkei each front-paged the results of their own public opinion surveys on the amendment of the nation’s supreme law. Asahi’s poll put support for constitutional revision at 37%, down 6 points from a year ago, and nonsupport at 55%, up 7 points. Only one out of four expressed support for constitutional amendment under the Abe administration, while almost 60% expressed opposition. Noting that the corresponding figures in 2007 under the first Abe administration were 40% and 42%, respectively, the daily said more Japanese have become cautious about Abe’s desire to amend the Constitution. As for Article 9, almost seven out of ten said the war-renouncing clause should not be revised.

 

A Mainichi survey found that the public was equally divided about the necessity of constitutional amendment at 42%. However, 52% expressed opposition to altering Article 9, whereas 27% voiced support. On PM Abe’s desire to obtain a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Diet so as to move forward with constitutional revision, some 47% said they don’t want to see groups in favor of an amendment capturing more than a two-thirds majority in the July Upper House election, while 34% said otherwise.

 

According to a Nikkei poll, half of respondents said the nation’s supreme law should be maintained as is, whereas 40% said it should be altered. This was the first time since the daily began taking this type of survey in 2004 that half of Japanese said they don’t want the Constitution to be revised. They were reportedly cautious about constitutional amendment since it runs the risk of changing the nation’s pacifist orientation. 

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