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43.6 pct to vote for LDP in Lower House election, Jiji Press poll

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)–A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 43.6 pct of respondents are planning to vote for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the upcoming general election.

 

The share of people planning to vote for the LDP in the Oct. 31 House of Representatives election fell by 6.3 percentage points from the last survey in September.

 

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan followed, with 11.8 pct of respondents planning to vote for the main opposition party.

 

Komeito, the LDP’s junior partner in the ruling bloc, is seen gathering votes from 5.9 pct.

 

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), the Japanese Communist Party and the Democratic Party for the People are expected to receive votes from 3.6 pct, 3.2 pct and 1.6 pct, respectively, according to the survey.

 

Meanwhile, 28.3 pct responded that they do not know who will get their votes, up 5.8 points from the previous survey.

 

The share of people planning to vote for the above parties other than the LDP each changed by only 1 point or less.

 

The proportions of expected voters stood at 0.5 for the Social Democratic Party, 0.4 pct for NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72 Jo Ihan De, a single-issue party critical of public broadcaster Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, and 0.3 for Reiwa Shinsengumi.

 

According to the same survey, 62.5 pct of respondents think that the economy and employment are an important policy issue in the election, followed by the issue of pensions, medical care and elderly care, at 60.2 pct.

 

Novel coronavirus measures stood at third place, with 44.6 pct, followed by child rearing and education, at 38.3 pct, and diplomacy and security, at 35.5 pct.

 

The interview-based survey, conducted in the four days through Monday, covered 2,000 people nationwide aged 18 or older. Valid responses were gathered from 64.0 pct.

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