The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is running close behind Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike’s fledgling party in the race to be the leading party in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly in the July 2 election, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
In the telephone survey conducted in the capital over the weekend, 26.7% of respondents said they plan to vote for Koike’s Tomin First no Kai (Tokyo Citizens First party) while 25.9% said they support the LDP. Some 57.2% said they have not decided yet.
Recent polls have showed a plunge in popular support for the cabinet headed by LDP leader, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, due to the ruling parties’ steamrolling of a controversial “conspiracy” law, as well as allegations of favoritism against him in relation to a veterinary school construction project.
One of the key issues in the assembly race is the Tsukiji market relocation plan the governor announced last week. Koike said the metro government will transfer the famed fish market to a nearby waterfront district while redeveloping the market site in around five years, after the initial relocation project had stalled over concerns about pollution at the new site.
Currently, the LDP holds 57 seats in the 127-seat assembly, followed by the Komeito party with 22 and the Japanese Communist Party with 17. The main opposition Democratic Party has seven and Koike’s Tomin First no Kai holds six.
The latest Kyodo News poll showed 13% said they plan to vote for the Japanese Communist Party, 12.3% for Komeito, 8.4% for the Democratic Party and 1.8% for independent candidates.
The survey also showed the support rate for Koike remains high at 66.5% while her disapproval rate came to 21.7%.
The survey covered 1,521 randomly selected households with eligible voters in Tokyo, of which 1,028 responded.