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All opinion polls by major media outlets show cabinet support rate declining

  • April 24, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

The Abe cabinet support rate has continued to decline, as scandals involving the government continued to erupt in April as well. There have been scandals over the Ground Self-Defense Force daily logs, a document recording a meeting on Kake Educational Institution’s proposal to set up a new veterinary school, the dismissal of the administrative vice finance minister over a sexual harassment scandal. The findings are the same across all major outlets’ polls. The Asahi Shimbun poll found the Abe cabinet support rate at 31% (unchanged from the previous month’s poll), the lowest rating since the launch of the second Abe cabinet.


All surveys conducted after April 12 when weekly magazine Shukan Shincho published a report with allegations of sexual harassment involving the administrative vice finance minister have found nonsupport topping 50%. In the Yomiuri Shimbun poll, nonsupport was at 53%, the highest in the history of the second Abe cabinet.


The government and ruling parties had hoped that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s April 17–20 trip to the United States to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump would trigger a rebound in the support rate. The Finance Ministry’s dismissal of its administrative vice minister after being slow to address the sexual harassment allegations, however, overlapped with the first day of the bilateral summit and coverage of the summit was eclipsed by the scandal.



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