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12/23/2012

An exit poll in Shiga: The anti-nuclear policy was less important in Lower House election

There were various important issues discussed in the recent House of Representatives election. Of those issues, the anti-nuclear policy drew attention among citizens, most of whom believe the nuclear power plants should be shut down immediately or in the future. However, candidates who didn't support the policy gained votes to a certain degree. Chunichi Shimbun conducted an exit poll in District 1, Shiga, and it shows that the nuclear policy wasn't necessarily a key issue determining the outcome of the election.

On December 16, the election day, Chunichi Shimbun conducted the survey asking 1,430 voters in the district about their voting behavior. Almost 70% of the respondents answered that they would support the discontinuance of nuclear power plants. Of those voters, 490 people voted for Tatsuo Kawabata of Democratic Party of Japan, who goes for the discontinuance realized by the end of 2030s, and 470 voted for Toshitaka Ooka of Liberal Democratic Party, who agrees to reduce the number of nuclear power plants but is skeptical about shutting down all of them.

After all, policies deeply related to people's daily lives drew more attention. 30.6% of the respondents chose the economy as their priority, the 13% chose tax burden, and the 14.4% chose social welfare. Only the 9.9% chose the nuclear power plant policy.

(Chunichi Shimbun, December 18, 2013)

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