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36%, the largest share, say low voter turnout in UH election reflects people’s “low interest in politics,” NHK public opinion poll

According to the NHK public opinion survey which asked respondents to give reasons why the voter turnout in the last month’s Upper House election was the second-lowest on record, 36% of respondents cited people’s “low interest in politics,” making it the most frequently given response. 


NHK conducted a nationwide survey over the three-day period of Aug. 2–4 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis targeting men and women aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from 1,214 of the 2,254 people polled. The valid response rate was 54%.


The survey gave respondents five options to choose from regarding reasons for the low voter turnout in the last month’s Upper House election, the second lowest on record at 48.80%. 36% of respondents, the largest share, cited people’s “low interest in politics.” That was followed by 27% who said “people think casting a ballot won’t change,” 13% who said “there was no clear point of contention,” 9% who said “there were no good candidates or political parties people wanted to vote for,” and 8% who said “people think the current political situation is fine as it stands.”


When asked whether the four opposition parties — the CDPJ, the Democratic Party for the People, the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party — should continue to cooperate in the next Lower House election, 27% said “yes,” 19% said “no,” and 44% said they “can’t say either way.”


Asked how much they are interested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo, which begin less than a year from now, 26% said they are “very interested,” 43% said they are “somewhat interested,” 20% said they are “not so interested,” and 6% said they are “not interested at all.”

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