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Abe cabinet approval rate inches down to 43 pct, Jiji poll

  • July 12, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 6:26 p.m.
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Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)–The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet in July dropped 1.8 percentage points from June to 43.1 pct, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Friday.

 

The disapproval rate edged down 0.5 point to 31.0 pct, according to the poll conducted for four days through Monday.

 

The approval rate was pushed down apparently by concerns spurred by a controversial Financial Services Agency report that an elderly couple living on pensions would need additional life savings of about 20 million yen.

 

Late in June, Abe’s diplomacy drew attention as he chaired the Group of 20 summit in the western city of Osaka. But the support rate did not rise.

 

Abe has made whether to start discussions on constitutional amendment an issue in the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament.

 

Of the total respondents, 41.2 pct agreed with the idea of holding such discussions after the election, 26.3 pct disagreed, and 32.6 pct neither agreed or disagreed or were unsure.

 

Only 13.0 pct regarded Finance Minister Taro Aso’s refusal to accept the FSA report as appropriate, while 62.1 pct answered the opposite.

 

The survey also found that 29.3 pct trust the country’s public pension system, against 52.4 pct who do not.

 

Asked why they support the Abe cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 20.7 pct said there is no other suitable person, 13.0 pct cited his leadership skills and 9.0 pct said they trust him.

 

Of those disapproving the cabinet, 16.0 pct said they cannot trust Abe, 13.9 pct said they have no expectations of Abe’s cabinet and 12.2 pct said they do not support its policies.

 

The support rate for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party fell 2.1 points to 25.6 pct, while that for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan rose 0.6 point to 3.9 pct.

 

Support stood at 4.1 pct for Komeito, the junior coalition partner of the LDP, 2.6 pct for the Japanese Communist Party, 1.8 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 0.6 pct for the Democratic Party for the People and 0.3 pct for the Social Democratic Party.

 

Respondents supporting no specific political party accounted for 58.3 pct of the total, down 1.1 points.

 

The interview survey was carried out with 2,000 people aged 18 or above across the country. Of them, 61.7 pct gave valid answers.

 

                                                            Political party support rates (%)

 

July

June

May

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

25.6

27.7

26.5

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

3.9

3.3

3.7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

0.6

0.6

Komeito (Komeito)

4.1

2.6

3.8

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.6

1.8

2.1

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

1.8

1.2

1.6

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.3

0.3

0.1

None

58.3

59.4

59.6

 

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