Opinion polls conducted by various leading newspapers show strong support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in time for the Upper House elections, slated this July 21. A win for the LDP will give Abe an easier time to push his policy agenda in the Diet, compared to the current situation where the opposition Democratic Party of Japan still holds majority of the seats in the Upper House.
Barring any major political disaster in the next few weeks, the LDP is set to sweep the elections, despite a slight fall in support for the Abe administration in the surveys conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun (64% from 67%), Mainichi Shimbun (60% from 66%) and the Asahi Shimbun (55% from 59%). The survey from Kyodo News meanwhile showed a slight rise in the approval rating, from 66% the previous week to 67% this week. The campaign is yet to begin, but already respondents in the survey said they will cast ballots in favor of the ruling party (Yomiuri – 42%, Asahi – 44%, Mainichi – 45%, Kyodo – 31%). The DPJ, which was the previous ruling party until the December general elections, got only between 7%-9% in the various polls. The Japan Restoration Party, which is probably still paying for the sins of its controversial co-head Toru Hashimoto, is in a distant third place.
Abe’s administration has been having difficulty passing certain legislations in the Diet and pundits say this has been a factor in the continuing instability of the country, despite the success of his economic policies, or Abenomics. But with the LDP-New Komeito coalition set to win at least 63 of the 121 contested seats, things are looking up for the Prime Minister.
[ via Wall Street Journal ]
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