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Voters want newly elected Diet members to tackle childrearing and education, Mainichi poll

  • July 12, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 30
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On the occasion of the Upper House election, the Mainichi Shimbun conducted an online survey of voters to probe their thoughts on politics. The survey website was launched on May 2. As of July 11, a total of 4,546 people had completed the online survey. Pollees self-reported their age. Of all respondents, 105 were 18 or 19 years old, 61 were under 18, and the remainder was age 20 or over.

 

The survey asked respondents which issues they wanted the elected Upper House members to tackle, and it gave them 11 issues to choose from and allowed multiple responses. Those in their teens said: (1) childrearing and education for the young generation; (2) the economy, jobs, and labor; (3) reduction of the wasteful use of tax money. These results were almost the same as those for all generations: (1) childrearing and education; (2) reduction of the wasteful use of tax money; (3) the economy, jobs, and labor. Constitutional amendment was ranked low, between seventh and tenth.

 

The survey also asked 18- and 19-year-olds who said they would vote why they would cast their ballot. Respondents offered such reasons as “I want to exercise this right that I have been given,” “I must first participate in politics before I can be critical of them,” and “I want to experience an election.”

 

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