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Public approval for Abe cabinet drops slightly to 42%

  • May 28, 2018
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei
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Monday’s Nikkei reported that public support for the Abe cabinet was 42%, down 1 point from last month, in the latest Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey conducted on May 25 to 27. Nonsupport reached the highest level since the launch of the second Abe cabinet in 2012 at 53%, up 2 points from last month. About 74% of respondents said they were not convinced by PM Abe’s denial of involvement in the Kake Gakuen scandal, while 16% said they were. In addition, 50% of respondents who support the cabinet said they were not satisfied with the premier’s explanation, while 33% said they were. On the issue of document tampering related to the controversial sale of state-owned land to Moritomo Gakuen, 68% said the prime minister bears responsibility, while 23% said he does not.

 

Mainichi also reported on the results of its weekend poll, which showed that 31% of respondents, up 1 point from last month, expressed approval of the Abe cabinet, while 48%, down 1 point, expressed disapproval. On the Kake Gakuen scandal, 70% said they cannot trust the premier’s explanation, while 14% said they can.

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