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Aso, LDP polls drop; reasons now mixed

Date Posted: 2009-08-27

Four days before Japan goes to the polls, both Prime Minister Taro Aso and the Liberal Democratic Party’s survey numbers continue to slip, increasing excitement at prospects of an opposition upset.

Support for the Prime Minister slipped another point in the past week to 21%, while a record 92% of those surveyed by Japan’s NHK Television say they will “definitely vote”, “vote” or “already have voted” in Sunday’s election. Slightly more than one-third of those polled say they’re hoping for a Democratic Party of Japan coalition to lead the government, while 30.4% were solidly behind the DPJ and another 24.3% said they support the LDP.

Nearly 17% of the people surveyed thought a LDP-DPJ grand coalition was best for the nation, while another 17% opted for a LDP-led coalition. TV Asahi’s poll numbers were more rigidly behind the DPJ, with 49% of those surveyed supporting the DPJ, while 28% were backing the ruling LDP.

In crucial questions of who’d be best for boosting Japan’s economy, 26% chose the LDP while 16% picked the DPJ. Asked about who was most trustworthy on security issues, 42% backed the LDP while only 9% supported the DPJ. Asked about whose finances were more dependable, 42% chose the LDP against 30% choosing the DPJ.

Survey respondents were firmly believing the DPJ was more serious about cutting waste in government, with 44% support against only 7% for the LDP. The poll showed 31% thought the DPJ would best maintain leadership over bureaucrats, against 23% for the LDP. On the livelihood support issue, the DPJ outpolled the LDP 32% ~ 11%.

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