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LDP losing support among doctors ahead of election: poll

Date Posted: 2009-08-13

The Liberal Democratic Party is losing support among doctors, traditionally a key political base of the ruling party, ahead of the Aug 30 general election, a Kyodo survey showed Saturday. The survey found that the number of prefectures in which doctorsí groups plan to back LDP candidates in all electoral constituencies has dropped to 19 from 29 in the previous poll for the House of Representatives election in 2005.


Particularly notable is Ibaraki Prefecture, where a doctorsí group has recommended candidates of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan in all seven constituencies, after many practitioners and their relatives broke with the LDP over policies including the launch of a new healthcare plan for people aged 75 or older last year. The survey also suggests that local construction industry groups are distancing themselves from the LDP. The number of prefectures in which local construction industry groups have decided to support LDP candidates in all electoral constituencies has fallen to 29 from 34 in 2005.


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