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54% of cabinet nonsupporters say “prime minister is untrustworthy,” Yomiuri spot poll

  • August 5, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The Yomiuri Shimbun nationwide spot public opinion poll [conducted on Aug. 3–4] revealed the support rate has risen to 42%, thus ending the downward trend it had seen since June. This rate, however, is the third lowest since the inauguration of the second Abe cabinet. Moreover, some 54% of pollees said the reason they do not support the cabinet is because “the prime minister is untrustworthy,” the highest figure since the second cabinet took office. Abe’s support rate among independents, a population that made up 45% of pollees in the recent poll, remains low at less than 20%.


The cabinet support rate rose markedly among women. By gender, the support rate was 48% among men (previous poll conducted July 7–9: 45%) and 36% among women (28%).


Support and nonsupport among those in the 18- to 29-year-old age group were both at slightly over 40% each in the previous poll. This month, however, support among this age group rose to slightly over 60%, easily outdistancing nonsupport which fell to slightly less than 30%. Support and nonsupport among the 40s age group were about equal at 47% and 44%, respectively. In the 30s and 50-and-over age groups, nonsupport exceeded support.


Support for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rose to 36% in the recent poll, up from the 31% found in the previous poll when it marked a historic low since the start of the second Abe cabinet. Pollees reporting themselves as independents remained high at 45% (previous poll: 47%) or almost half. The cabinet support rate among independents was 16%, the same as in the previous poll when it marked a historic low since the inauguration of the second Abe cabinet.


With respect to retaining Taro Aso, who concurrently serves as deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in their current posts, 49% of all respondents replied they have a high opinion of keeping these two core members on board, while 38% said they do not. Independents, however, took a harsh view of this move by Abe, with those disapproving (52%) surpassing those approving (32%). Meanwhile, more than 50% of all pollees approved the appointment of Seiko Noda as internal affairs and communications minister and of Fumio Kishida as the LDP’s Policy Research Council chairman. Among independents, however, those backing these assignments were in the 40% range.


[Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted August 3–4 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters age 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,152 persons, including 550 persons (out of the 997 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 602 persons (out of the 1,377 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 55% for landline numbers and 44% for mobile numbers.]

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