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Cabinet support stays level at 47%

  • 2016-01-25 15:00:00
  • , Nikkei
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(Nikkei: January 25, 2016 – p. 1)

 

 According to a poll conducted by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo on Jan. 22–24, a total of 47% of pollees support the Abe cabinet, a decline of 1 point from the December 2015 survey. Meanwhile, 34% said they do not support the cabinet, a drop of 2 points. Both the approval and nonapproval rates have trended at this level since November.

 

 The poll was taken after bribery allegations were leveled against Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Akira Amari, so the incident had no impact on the cabinet support rate. A total of 55% of male respondents said they support the cabinet, up 3 points from the previous survey. Among women, the support rate dropped 4 points to 41%. Approval among independents was 20%, down 2 points.

 

 A total of 37% “approve” of the Abe administration’s signature economic program known as “Abenomics,” essentially the same as the December 2015 survey, while the “disapproval” rate dropped two points to 42%. By region, pollees in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and the Kansai region, combined, were nearly evenly split, at 41% “approving” and 40% “disapproving.” In other regions, those “disapproving” were 43%, exceeding by 9 points those “approving” which came in at 34%. This reveals the fact that people in regions outside of the major metropolitan areas have barely felt the economic recovery.

 

 When asked if they thought that the economy would improve under Abenomics in the future, 49% of pollees said “no,” a drop of 9 points from the finding in the October 2015 poll when the same question was asked. Those responding “yes” rose 2 points to 27%.

 

 The telephone poll was conducted by Nikkei Research Inc. of men and women, aged 20 and over, nationwide on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis. Of the 1,365 households with eligible voters contacted, 1,012 responded, for a response rate of 74.1%.

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