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Public support for LDP rebounds  

  • September 28, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported on the results of multiple public opinion polls conducted by news organizations this month, noting that support for the LDP rose by five to ten points to as high as 47%. The recovery in LDP approval was attributed to Prime Minister Suga’s decision to step down and the ongoing party leadership election campaign. The daily said the party-wide pessimism about the general election that had been prevalent before Suga’s resignation announcement in early September has now completely dissipated, with many LDP politicians now feeling confident that the party will be able to achieve a comfortable victory in the November election. As the polls pointed to a drop in the proportion of unaffiliated voters amid the intense media coverage of the presidential race, Nikkei speculated that the LDP is apparently winning back many of the party’s “lukewarm” supporters. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties, on the other hand, are alarmed by the looming possibility that their candidates will be forced to wage uphill battles. 

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