UPDATE 1-Japan opposition LDP remains election favourite-poll

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TOKYO, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Japan's opposition Liberal

Democratic Party (LDP) is holding its lead ahead of December 16

election, opinion polls showed on Monday, with the hawkish Japan

Restoration Party (JRP) led by a nationalist former Tokyo

governor coming second.

The Yomiuri daily poll showed that 25 percent of voters

would choose the LDP, which is calling for aggressive monetary

steps to end deflation, well ahead of the ruling Democratic

Party of Japan's (DPJ) 10 percent support.

The election for parliament's powerful lower house is

unlikely to fix a policy stalemate that has plagued Japan as it

struggles with an ageing population, a declining manufacturing

sector and the emerging power of China.

Fourteen percent of voters planned to vote for the new Japan

Restoration Party, led by 80-year-old Shintaro Ishihara and

popular Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.

Ishihara, the outspoken former Tokyo governor who sparked a

territorial row with China with plans to buy a group of disputed

islands, was seen as a more suitable government leader than

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, according to Yomiuri's survey.

But LDP opposition leader Shinzo Abe kept his individual

lead with 29 percent of voter support.

The election is expected to usher in a period of confusing

coalition politics because of the emergence of new parties and

because whoever wins will still lack a majority in parliament's

upper house, which can block bills.

With many Japanese disillusioned with politics, 37 percent

of respondents to the Yomiuri poll said they were undecided.

Surveys by other media, the Asahi newspaper and Kyodo news

agency, showed similar results.

The DPJ swept to power in 2009 ending more than a half a

century of nearly non-stop LDP rule. But its support slumped

over what voters saw as broken promises, a confused response to

last year's tsunami and nuclear crisis, and Noda's unpopular

policies such as a tax hike and the restart of nuclear reactors.

Following is a table based on media polls asking which party

voters would choose in the proportional representation stage of

the lower house election.

POLL DATE DPJ LDP RESTORATION

Asahi Nov 26 13 23 9

Yomiuri Nov 26 10 25 14

Kyodo Nov 25 8.4 18.7 10.3

Kyodo Nov 19 10.8 23.0 6.8

Nikkei Nov 19 16 25 11

Asahi Nov 19 15 22 6

Mainichi Nov 19 11 17 10

Yomiuri Nov 18 13 26 8

Asahi Nov 17 16 23 4

Asahi Nov 13 12 29 5

Yomiuri Nov 5 10 25 12

Kyodo Nov 4 12.1 27.7 10.8

Nikkei Oct 29 11 27 13

Asahi Oct 22 13 36 3

Kyodo Oct 3 12.3 31.3 13.9

Yomiuri Oct 3 18 36 13

Asahi Oct 3 17 30 4

Nikkei Sept 28 14 35 12

Asahi Sept 11 15 23 5

Kyodo Sept 2 12.4 22.2 17.6

Yomiuri Aug 13 11 21 16

Mainichi Aug 13 14 21 N.A.

Kyodo Aug 12 14.3 23.5 10.7

Asahi Aug 6 13 23 N.A.

Yomiuri July 16 14 18 N.A.

Kyodo July 15 14.1 19.2 13.2

Asahi July 10 14 22 N.A.

(Reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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