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Cabinet support sags to 35%

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: July 19, 2015—Top play)


 In the wake of House of Representatives’ passage of the government’s proposed security-related legislation, the Mainichi Shimbun conducted a spot public opinion survey across the nation on July 17-18. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Abe and his cabinet was 35%, down 7 percentage points from the last survey conducted July 4-5, hitting an all-time low since the launch of his rebooted cabinet. The nonsupport rate was 51%, up 8 points from the last survey, topping 50% for the first time. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and its coalition partner, the Komeito party, forced a vote on the security legislation at a July 15 meeting of the House of Representatives’ special committee on peace and security legislation. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think it’s problematical. In the breakdown of answers to this question, “yes” substantially outnumbered “no,” at 68% and 24%. The public is growing critical of the security legislation. The string of actions taken by the government and the ruling coalition is believed to be a major factor that pushed down the Abe cabinet’s support rate.


 In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the LDP stood at 28% and the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan at 10%. Among other parties, the Japan Innovation Party was at 6%, the Komeito at 4%, and the Japanese Communist Party at 5%. (Abridged)



















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