Asahi and Sankei both published the results of their latest opinion surveys, saying that almost three out of five respondents voiced opposition to the idea of allowing Prime Minister Abe to serve a fourth term as LDP president. However, in the Sankei survey, some 70% said they could not identify any politician as a viable candidate to succeed the prime minister. In the Asahi poll, support and nonsupport for the Abe cabinet remained almost the same as the previous month at 41% and 37%, respectively. Sankei’s poll put support for the premier at 42.7% and nonsupport at 42.8%.
Meanwhile, the Asahi poll found that 55% felt the present FRF construction initiative off Camp Schwab should be reviewed, while 30% felt otherwise. Almost half of the poll’s respondents said the Japanese economy is in bad shape and 55% voiced opposition to the planned consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% in October.