Japan opposition surges in poll ahead of election

Japan opposition surges in poll ahead of election
AFP
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First Published: Thu, Jul 23 2009. 09 55 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Jul 23 2009. 09 55 AM IST
Tokyo: Japan’s main opposition has a 10-point lead over the ruling party, a poll showed Thursday — the first snapshot of voter sentiment since Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved parliament this week.
The opposition Democratic Party of Japan’s approval rating rose to 40%, up three points from earlier in the month, the Nikkei newspaper said.
Opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama was regarded as the man most qualified to become the next prime minister among 28% of Nikkei poll participants, while only 9% said the same of Aso.
However, 57% of survey respondents said neither Aso nor Hatoyama was suited to become the next premier.
Support for Aso’s Liberal Democratic Party rose one point to 30% from the previous poll, the business daily said.
The cabinet’s approval rating fell one point to 20%, it said.
Ratings for Aso, who came to power in September, have plummeted due to his gaffes and policy flip-flops, while the opposition party has gained momentum despite its own scandals involving political funds.
Aso called lower house general elections on 30 August, with analysts broadly predicting a victory for the opposition.
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