TV Asahi reported this morning that an opinion poll conducted by ANN on Dec. 15-16 showed that support for the Abe cabinet stood at 40%, 4.3 percentage points down from last month, and the disapproval rate was 40.6%, up by 4.2 points. When asked about Prime Minister Abe’s decision to raise the consumption tax rate to 10% in October 2019, 49% of respondents expressed disapproval and 45% expressed approval. With regard to the proposed policy package to mitigate the impact of the tax hike, 66% said they were opposed to it and only 22% voiced support. In response to the legal amendments to accept more foreign workers, 49% expressed support and 34% were negative.
On the issue of Henoko relocation, 55% disapproved of the ongoing construction work, while 32% expressed approval.