Nearly 70% Against Revising Constitution in 2018: Jiji Poll (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)—Nearly 70% of respondents were opposed to the Japanese Diet adopting a proposal for constitutional revisions next year, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed on December 15.

The poll also showed that the approval rating for the cabinet of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in December slid 2.8 percentage points from the previous month to 42.6%, while its disapproval rating declined 1.0 point to 36.1%.

On issues concerning the Constitution, 68.4% of respondents voiced their opposition to the Diet making any amendment proposal during its 2018 ordinary session starting in January.

Of the total, 51.3% said they were opposed to amending the supreme law in haste, while 17.1% said they were against revisions in principle. Even among supporters of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, the proposal to revise the basic law in 2018 was rejected by 50.6%.

Meanwhile, such a proposal was welcomed by 20.9% of the total respondents and 42.9% of LDP backers.

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