Support for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the proportional representation portion of Upper House elections has continued to increase among those in their 30s or younger in recent years.
The trend was found in the analysis of exit polls conducted by The Asahi Shimbun. The Upper House elections are held every three years.
In the 2007 election, only 21 percent of voters in their 30s or younger voted for the LDP. However, the figure increased to 37 percent in 2013 and further to 41 percent in 2016.
In comparison, 34 percent of people in their 60s or older voted for the LDP in the 2007 election. The figure was higher than that of people in their 30s or younger.
In the 2016 election, however, the corresponding figure was lower than that of those in their 30s or younger.
Meanwhile, people who voted for the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) accounted for 48 percent among those in their 30s or younger in the 2007 election.
After the second Abe Cabinet started in late 2012, however, people who voted for the DPJ or its successor, the Democratic Party (DP), totaled only 10 to 20 percent among those in their 30s or younger, lower than that among those in their 60s or older.
In the July 21 election, the trend remained unchanged. The gap between the attitudes of young voters toward the LDP and those toward the DP’s successors, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, is apparently a testament to the LDP’s stable popularity.