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Abe cabinet’s approval rate drops to 39 pct, Jiji Press poll

Tokyo, March 15 (Jiji Press)–The approval rate of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet dropped 3.4 percentage points from last month to 39.0 pct this month, while the disapproval rate rose 1.9 points to 36.4 pct, a Jiji Press public opinion poll showed.

 

The results seem to reflect public criticism of a statistics scandal involving the labor ministry and the Abe administration’s cool response to a vote by people in Okinawa Prefecture in late February against a planned U.S. military base relocation within the prefecture.

 

In the latest poll, a total of 2,000 people aged 18 or over were interviewed across Japan. Of them, 61.2 pct gave valid responses.

 

Of the respondents, 39.5 pct said they expected the Abe administration to make progress on the issue of bringing back Japanese abductees from North Korea, but 48.0 pct said they did not.

 

Abe has repeatedly expressed his eagerness to have a face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with the aim of settling the abduction issue.

 

Following a series of recent child abuse cases, 58.0 pct backed a law revision under government consideration to prohibit corporal punishment by parents for their children, while 20.5 pct opposed it. Meanwhile, 21.5 pct said they could not take either position.

 

Of the respondents supporting the Abe cabinet, 20.7 pct said there was no other person fit to be the prime minister, 9.2 pct praised Abe’s leadership skills, and 8.8 pct regarded him as trustworthy.

 

Of those disapproving of the cabinet, 22.6 pct said they could not trust Abe, 17.7 pct said they could expect nothing from his cabinet, and 12.3 pct rejected its policies.

 

The support rate for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party edged up 0.1 point to 25.5 pct, while that for the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan climbed 0.9 point to 4.3 pct.

 

The two parties were followed by Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, with 2.8 pct, the Japanese Communist Party, with 2.3 pct, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), with 1.4 pct, and the Democratic Party for the People, with 0.7 pct.

 

Respondents supporting no party accounted for 60.7 pct, down 0.8 point. (JMH added graph and political party support chart.)

 

                                                         Political party support rates (%)

 

March

Feb.

Jan.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

25.5

25.4

26.7

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.3

3.4

4.2

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.7

0.3

0.2

Komeito (Komeito)

2.8

3.3

2.8

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.3

1.8

1.9

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

1.4

1.0

1.1

Liberal Party (Jiyuto)

0.2

0.3

0.0

Party of Hope (Kibo no To)

0.1

0.1

0.2

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

0.6

0.6

None

60.7

61.5

60.0

 

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