According to the Kyodo News nationwide survey [conducted on April 14–15], the Abe cabinet support rate among women has dropped to 29.1%, the first time for it to fall below 30% since the launch of the second Abe cabinet in December 2012. Nonsupport stands at 56.4% among women, and some 61.7% say they do not back the cabinet for the reason that “the prime minister is untrustworthy.” This is thought to reflect the allegations that the administrative vice finance minister sexually harassed female reporters, as well as the scandals involving Kake Gakuen and Moritomo Gakuen.
The cabinet support rate among women has remained in the 30% range since the March 17–18 poll. The highest rate ever was the 72.0% recorded in the poll conducted on March 23–24, 2013.
According to the recent poll, the higher the age group, the lower the cabinet support rate, as 49.3% of those in their 30s or younger, 33.2% of those age 40 through 50s, and 31.3% of those age 60 or over said they support the cabinet.
[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted by telephone on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis on April 14–15 targeting voters across the nation. However, the survey excluded landline numbers in some areas in Fukushima Prefecture. The survey covered 735 randomly selected households with eligible voters nationwide [by landline numbers], with responses collected from 512 people. A total of 1,140 people were accessed through their mobile phones, of which 513 responded.]