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2022 July 13 - 19 [POLITICS]

LDP-Komei victory does not mean that voters endorse constitutional revision

July 13, 2022
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, in response to the results of the July 10 Upper House election in which constitutional revisionists won more than two thirds of seats needed to propose a motion for amendments to the Constitution, expressed his intent to drive efforts toward early revision of the Constitution.

However, their victory does not mean that voters gave a mandate to revise the Constitution.

A Jiji Press exit poll on July 10 shows that the issue voters focused on the most was "economy and employment" at 30.2% followed by "pension, nursing-care, healthcare" at 15.7% and "childrearing, declining birthrate countermeasures" at 11.1%. "Constitutional revision" was 4.7%.

Kyodo News asked voters over the telephone on July 8 and 9 what they give the most importance to. Those who answered "constitutional revision" accounted for only 3.6%. The top answer to this question was "measures to cope with rising prices and economic policy" with 41.6%.

According to an opinion poll Yomiuri Shimbun carried out on June 22 and 23, "constitutional revision" came in last place among nine issues which respondents said should be the focus in the House of Councilors election.

In an Asahi Shimbun opinion poll conducted on July 4 and 5, "opposition" to constitutional revision under the Kishida government accounted for 38%, exceeding "support" with 36%.

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