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Backing for Abe and Koizumi for next LDP president tied at 26%, Nikkei poll

The public opinion poll jointly conducted by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo on April 27–29 probed views on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential race to be held this September. Asked who it would be appropriate to elect, 26% of respondents said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while the same percentage of respondents said LDP Chief Deputy Secretary-General Shinjiro Koizumi. Backing for the Prime Minister remained essentially unchanged from the March poll figure of 24%, while support for Koizumi rose by 4 percentage points. Former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba dropped to third place, gaining 21% of pollees’ backing, down by 4 points from the March poll in which he was ranked first. LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Fumio Kishida and Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda each earned 5%.


In the January poll, Abe, with the backing of 35% of pollees, had a significant lead over the second-place Koizumi, who was supported by 18%. With the scandal over the doctoring of official documents related to a transaction with school operator Moritomo Gakuen, support for Abe plummeted 11 points to 24% in March. This put him on a par with Ishiba. In the recent poll, support for Abe remained steady, but Koizumi’s increased so that these two are now neck and neck.


Only LDP party members/fraternity members and LDP-affiliated Diet members can vote in the presidential election. Abe continues to enjoy firm support among LDP supporters. Support for Abe is at 47% while that for Koizumi and Ishiba are 21% and 16%, respectively.


[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on April 27–29 by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 1,009 responses from men and women aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 47.6%.]

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