2009 general election open thread On August 10, 2009 By Tobias S. HarrisIn Observing Japan Blog With eight days until the campaign officially begins, feel free to post things seen and heard around Japan. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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While the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) has more successfully promoted its election platform (manifesto), nine domestic organizations give it an average rating of only 52.7 versus a 46.6 for the LDP manifesto. The opposition Democratic Party of Japan widened its lead over the ruling party ahead of the Aug. 30 general election, according to a poll conducted by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo Corp.An August 7 poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo Corp. has 43% of respondents saying they intend to vote for the DPJ, up 3 percentage points from the previous survey, Support for the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party remained at 26%. I have seen other polls over the weekend showing a much closer gap between the two. How much of a gap in the polls does the DPJ need?