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Cabinet support rate stays steady at 42%, slightly less than 30% of respondents are “in favor” of relocation to Henoko, Jiji Press poll

  • November 16, 2018
  • , Jiji , 3:07 p.m.
  • JMH Translation

According to the November Jiji Press opinion poll conducted on Nov. 9–12, the approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet remained level, rising by 0.4 percentage points over the previous month to 42.3%. The disapproval rate rose by 2.1 points to 38.2%. There has been a series of scandals involving first-time members of the cabinet, including Minister of State for Regional Revitalization Satsuki Katayama and Minister in Charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Yoshitaka Sakurada, but they seem to have had a limited impact on the cabinet support rate. There is also the possibility that the public approved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s diplomatic initiatives, including paying a state visit to China for the first time in seven years as Japanese prime minister. 

 

The government plans to promote the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa) to the Henoko district of Nago City in the same prefecture even though Denny Tamaki won the September Okinawa gubernatorial election on a campaign platform of opposing the relocation. Some 36.4% of respondents said that they are “opposed” to this governmnet plan while 29.0% said they are “in favor” of it. Meanwhile, 34.6% said they are “undecided.”

 

When asked why they support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “there is no other appropriate person,” 19.4%; “the prime minister shows strong leadership,” 10.1%; “the prime minister is trustworthy,” 9.6%. When asked why they do not support the cabinet (multiple responses permitted), the responses were as follows: “the prime minister is not trustworthy,” 20.1%; “nothing can be expected of the prime minister,” 17.0%; “bad policies,” 12.7%.

 

The political party support rates were as follows: LDP, 26.8%, down 0.9 points from the previous month; Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, 4.3%, down 0.2 point; Komeito, 4.0%; Japanese Communist Party, 2.4%; Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), 1.0%; Democratic Party for the People, 0.6%. Some 58.3% said they do not support any political party, down 0.9 points.

 

The survey was conducted [over the four-day period of Nov. 9–12] 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 60.6%.

 

                                                           Political party support rates (%)

 

Nov.

Oct.

Sept.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

26.8

27.7

26.9

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.3

4.5

4.4

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

0.1

0.4

Komeito (Komeito)

4.0

2.7

4.1

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.4

1.8

1.9

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

1.0

0.8

0.9

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

0.2

0.0

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.1

0.1

0.2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

1.0

0.3

None

58.3

59.2

59.2

 

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