(Tokyo Shimbun: January 17, 2015—p. 6)
According to findings from a public opinion survey conducted by Jiji Press on Jan. 9-12, the rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 47.2%, up 1.8 percentage points from the last survey in the preceding month. The nonsupport rate was 33.3%, down 1.6 points. The support rate dropped for the third month in a row until December last year but rebounded slightly after his third cabinet’s launch.
In the survey, respondents were asked whether they have a tangible sense of economic recovery with Abe’s economic policy measures, or Abenomics. In response to this question, however, “no” accounted for a total of 84.9%, with “yes” for a total of only 10.2%. This is apparently because there is no increase in real wages.
In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan stood at 26.2%, up 0.8 percentage points from the preceding month. The leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan was at 6.1%, followed by the Komeito at 3.7%, the Japanese Communist Party at 2.9%, the Japan Innovation Party at 1.8%, the Social Democratic Party at 0.7%, the People’s Life Party at 0.3%, and the Party for Future Generations at 0.2%. “None of the above,” or those with no particular party affiliation, accounted for a total of 56.5%.
The DPJ and the JCP respectively rose 0.2 points and 0.9 points from the preceding month, both hitting an all-time high since the Abe administration came into office in December 2012.
The survey was conducted on a face-to-face interview basis, targeting a total of 2,000 persons chosen from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation. The retrieval rate was 65.2%.