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DPJ maintains wide lead over LDP among eligible voters: Poll

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 21:39

Tokyo: The main opposition Democratic
Party of Japan maintained its substantial lead over the ruling
Liberal Democratic Party among responding eligible voters
ahead of the August 30 general election, a survey revealed
on Monday.

Asked which party they plan to vote for in the
proportional representation section of the House of
Representatives election, 32.6 per cent of respondents
specified the DPJ and 16.5 per cent the LDP, while 35.1
per cent said they were still undecided, the weekend telephone
poll found.

Although the margin of gap between the DPJ and the LDP
narrowed by 4.7 percentage points in the fifth such weekly
survey compared with a week earlier -- with support for the
DPJ shedding 1.5 points and that for the LDP gaining 3.2
points -- the trend in which the DPJ garnered more than 30
per cent and the DPJ less than 20 percent has not changed.

The ratio of undecided voters lost 2.9 points, with two
weeks to go till voting.

A similar trend was seen also for single-seat
constituencies, with 34.1 per cent saying they will vote for
DPJ candidates, down from 35.2 per cent the week before,
against 18.8 per cent saying LDP candidates, up from 14.8
per cent.

Most respondents, at 40.8 per cent, said they want a
DPJ-centered government to be formed after the contest,
almost unchanged from the previous poll, while 18.2 per cent
said an LDP-led government is desirable, up 1.2 points.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 21:39
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