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Cabinet reshuffle fails to boost administration as Abe cabinet support stays steady at 41%, Jiji poll

  • October 12, 2018
  • , Jiji , 3:04 p.m.
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According to the October Jiji opinion poll conducted on Oct. 5–8, the approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet rose by 0.2 percentage points over the previous month to 41.9%. The disapproval rate dropped by 0.5 points to 36.1%. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet on Oct. 2, but it did not result in a bosltering of the administation as the cabinet support rate stayed essentially unchanged.

 

Asked if the negotiations for a Japan-Russia peace treaty should be promoted without resolving the issue of the Northern Territories, more people answered “no” than “yes,” at 47.5% to 37.4%. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently proposed to the Prime Minister that the two nations conclude a peace treaty without preconditions.The Japanese side is wary, however, as this runs counter to the government position, which is that a peace treaty will be concluded after the issue of territorial possession is resolved.  

 

When asked why they support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “there is no other appropriate person” remained high at 20.5%; “the prime minister shows strong leadership,” 10.8%; “the prime minister is trustworthy,” 9.0%. When asked why they do not support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “the prime minister is not trustworthy,” 20.7%; “nothing can be expected of the prime minister,” 16.5%; “bad policies,” 11.4%.

 

The political party support rates were as follows: LDP, 27.7%, up 0.8 points from the previous month; Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, 4.5%, up 0.1 point; Komeito, 2.7%; Japanese Communist Party, 1.8%; Social Democratic Party, 1.0%; Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), 0.8%; Liberal Party, 0.2%; Democratic Party for the People, 0.1%; Party of Hope, 0.1%. Some 59.2% said they do not support any political party.

 

The survey was conducted [over the four-day period of Oct. 5–8] through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over. The valid response rate was 62.6%.

 

                                                    Political party support rates (%)

 

Oct.

Sept.

Aug.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

27.7

26.9

27.1

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.5

4.4

4.6

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.1

0.4

0.5

Komeito (Komeito)

2.7

4.1

3.3

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.8

1.9

2.3

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

0.8

0.9

0.9

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

0.0

0.2

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.1

0.2

0.0

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

1.0

0.3

0.3

None

59.2

59.2

58.9

 

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