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42% want opposition bloc to gain seats in July Japan upper house election: poll

The National Diet building is seen in this file photo taken in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Sept. 28, 2017. (Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- Forty-two percent of respondents to a June 18 Mainichi Shimbun and Social Survey Research Center opinion poll said they wanted opposition parties to gain seats in Japan's July 10 House of Councillors election, while 37% said the same for the ruling coalition.

    Meanwhile, 21% of those surveyed said they were undecided. The upper house election campaign kicks off on June 22.

    Seventy-two percent said they will "definitely" go to the polls, while 21% said they will "probably" vote, for a total of over 90% suggesting they intended to cast a ballot. Four percent answered that they will not vote. House of Councillors election turnout has been low in recent years, with the figure for the previous 2019 race standing at 48.8% for constituencies. Turnout for the 2016 upper house poll's constituencies was 54.7%.

    The Mainichi Shimbun-Social Survey Research Center survey also asked respondents which political party they intend to vote for in the proportional representation bloc. The top choice was the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, at 29% (33% in the previous poll). Seventeen percent answered that they would vote for the Japan Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin), up from the 13% in the previous survey, and 10% chose the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan -- same as the earlier poll.

    This was followed by the Japanese Communist Party, which was picked by 7% (5% in the previous survey), the LDP's coalition partner Komeito, which was selected by 6% (4% in the previous poll), the Democratic Party for the People at 5% (up 1 point from the previous survey), and 5% (up 2 points from the previous poll) for Reiwa Shinsengumi. Thirteen percent responded that they were undecided, compared to the 23% in the previous survey.

    (Japanese original by Nanae Ito, Political News Department)

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