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Cabinet support plunges to 29.9% in Jiji poll, 35.8% in Kyodo survey

  • July 16, 2017
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Saturday morning’s Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that according to a public opinion survey conducted by Jiji Press on July 7-10, support for the Abe cabinet fell 15.2 points from a month earlier to 29.9%, sliding below 30% for the first time and marking the lowest level since Abe returned to power in December 2012. Nonsupport increased by 14.7 points to 48.6%. The papers wrote that the public’s distrust of the prime minister over his explanation about his alleged favoritism toward Kake Gakuen is behind the drop in cabinet support.

 

Monday’s Mainichi and Sankei reported on the results of a nationwide telephone survey by Kyodo conducted on July 15-16, which showed that the approval rating for the Abe cabinet fell 9.1 points from last month to 35.8%, the lowest level since Abe returned to power in 2012. The disapproval rating for the cabinet stood at 53.1%, up 10 points from June. Some 77.8% of respondents said they were not convinced by the government’s denial of claims that Abe used his influence to secure approval for the establishment of a new veterinary department at a university run by a close friend. Among those who expressed disapproval, 51.6%, up 9.7 points, said they cannot trust the prime minister.

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