Only about one in three Japanese voters want the ruling party to win a majority in a mid-year poll, a survey showed on Friday, a sign of frustration that could increase pressure on a party leader to quit over a funds scandal.
The scandal linked to a top Democratic Party official has eroded support for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s government ahead of the election for parliament’s upper house in July or August, risking policy stalemate in the long term.
The nationwide survey by the Yomiuri newspaper and Tokyo’s Waseda University showed 35 percent of nearly 1,800 respondents said they wanted the Democrats to gain an outright majority in the election, against 54 percent who said they did not.
The percentage of voters who support the government has slid to just over 40 percent from initial highs around 70 percent, media polls show.
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