30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)
Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election.
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days through Monday.
Meanwhile, public support for Abe's cabinet stood below disapproval for the first time in two months, said the interview-based survey with 2,000 people aged 18 or older, which had valid responses from 65.1%.
After Koike's party came Kōmeitō, the LDP's coalition partner, with support from 5.9%. It was followed by the Japanese Communist Party with 4.5%, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan with 4.4%, Nippon Ishin no Kai with 3.1% and the Social Democratic Party with 1.2%.
Meanwhile, 33.8% said they have not decided which party they will vote for.
48% of Public Back Abe-Proposed Article 9 Revision
A Jiji Press public opinion poll showed on Friday that 48.2% of respondents support Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's proposal to recognize the country's Self-Defense Forces by revising war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution.
In the October survey, 34.4% said they do not support the Abe-proposed constitutional amendment, and 17.4% said they cannot take a position.
Abe, also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has called for adding a third sentence to Article 9 to stipulate a rationale for the existence of the SDF while keeping its two existing sentences intact.
The Abe proposal was backed by over 70% of LDP supporters and by more than 60% each of supporters of Kōmeitō, the coalition partner of the LDP, and opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai.
Support for the proposal stood at about 40% among those endorsing the Party of Hope, led by Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]