The Nikkei public opinion poll probed views on the state funeral scheduled to be held for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who was fatally shot [in the days leading up to the Upper House election]. Respondents were split, with 47% saying they are opposed to holding a state funeral for the former national leader and 43% saying they are in favor.
By age group, the younger the respondent, the more likely they were to back the state funeral. Some 57% of those aged 18 to 39 said they would like to see a state funeral held, while 45% of those in their 40s and 50s and 38% of those aged 60 and over gave that view. By political party, 61% of LDP supporters and 25% of opposition party supporters wanted to see the former leader honored with a state funeral.
Some 52% of independents said they are opposed to the event while 34% said they are in favor.
Respondents were also asked if the Abe shooting had any impact on their voting behavior in the House of Councillors election. Some 64% said their vote was not impacted by Abe’s death while 10% said it was.