TOKYO (Reuters) – Support for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government has surged following his ruling party’s election victory, but opinion polls show hurdles remain for important parts of his agenda, including the constitutional revision.
Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) increased its seats in the upper house of parliament in Sunday’s election, keeping its conservative coalition majority in the poll conducted two days after the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a campaign rally.
Support for the Kishida government rose to 65% in a Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up 8 points from a late June poll, while another poll by Kyodo News Agency put support at 63.2%, up 6 .3 points.
Both polls were conducted on Monday and Tuesday.
A large majority of voters polled by Yomiuri, 79%, want Kishida to remain in office for at least two years, or about until the next election for the LDP’s president, who will become prime minister due to his party’s majority.
Of these, 27 percent wanted him “as long as possible” as prime minister.
But that support doesn’t necessarily mean support for Kishida’s agenda, including revising the pacifist constitution – something Abe wanted to do.
Only 37% of voters polled by Kyodo believed the issue should be dealt with “quickly,” while 58.4% believed there was no need to rush.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)