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Cabinet support rises to 58%, majority sees gov’t response to hostage incident as “appropriate”

  • 2015-02-09 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: February 8, 2015—p. 1)


 The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a nationwide public opinion survey on Feb. 6-7. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 58%, up 5 percentage points from the 53% rating in the last survey (Jan. 9-11). The nonsupport rate for the Abe cabinet was 34% (38% in the last survey).


 In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think the government was appropriate in its response over two Japanese nationals taken hostage by the “Islamic State,” an extremist Islamic group.” In the breakdown of answers to this question, affirmative answers outnumbered negative ones, with “yes” accounting for a total of 55% and “no” for a total of 32%. Respondents were further asked whether they approve of Prime Minister Abe’s intention of expanding Japan’s humanitarian assistance to Middle East nations against the Islamic State. To this question as well, “yes” accounted for a total of 63%, with “no” for a total of no more than 26%. The public’s approval of the government’s response to the hostage incident apparently boosted the cabinet’s support rate.


 In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan stood at 42% (41% in the last survey), and the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan at 11% (8%). (Abridged)




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