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Abe cabinet support rate rises to 36%, nonsupport declines to 44%, Jiji Press poll

In the August 2017 public opinion poll conducted by Jiji Press on Aug.3–6, the Abe cabinet support rate rose 6.7 percentage points from the previous month to return to the 30% range and hit 36.6%. Support has apparently picked up from the low level marked in the previous poll when the support rate fell below 30% for the first time since the launch of the second Abe cabinet in December 2012. The higher approval rating is believed to be partly due to Abe’s Aug. 3 reshuffle of his cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership team. The cabinet’s disapproval rating fell 4.5 points to 44.1%. The disapproval rating thus exceeded the approval rating for the second straight month.

 

When asked why they support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “there is no other appropriate person,” 18.3%; “the prime minister shows strong leadership,” 9.5%; “the prime minister is trustworthy,” 8.3%. When asked why they do not support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “the prime minister is not trustworthy,” 26.7%, edging down 0.8 points from last month but remaining high; “nothing can be expected of the prime minister,” 21.0%; “the prime minister gives a bad impression,” 13.3%..

 

Some 75.7% of pollees said they “are concerned about the Abe administration’s initiatives to restore the nation’s fiscal health,” vastly exceeding the 14.3% who said they are not concerned. Asked what party should form the core of the administration that follows the Abe administration, 47.7% said “the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)” while 16.1% said “the national political party formed from Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First)” and 15.3% said “the Democratic Party (DP) and the current opposition parties.”

 

The political party support rates were as follows: LDP, 25.7%, up 4.6 points from the previous month; DP, 3.2%, down 0.6 points; Komeito, 2.5%; Japanese Communist Party, 2.3%; Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), 0.8%. Those not supporting any political party dropped to 62.2%, down 3.1 points.

 

The survey was conducted on Aug.3–6 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation. The valid response rate was 64.9%.

 

Trend in public support for political parties (%)

 

August 2017

July

2017

June

2017

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto)

25.7

21.1

25.0

Democratic Party (DP or Minshinto)

3.2

3.8

4.2

Komeito (Komeito)

2.5

3.2

3.5

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.3

2.1

2.4

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) (Nippon Ishin no Kai)

0.8

1.1

1.3

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

0.0

0.1

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.8

0.3

0.3

Party for Japanese Kokoro (Nihon no Kokoro)

0.0

0.0

0.0

None

62.2

65.3

60.8

 

 

 

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