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Abe cabinet approval rate falls in pre-reshuffle poll, Jiji poll

Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)–The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet stood at 47.0 pct in August, up 3.9 percentage points from the previous month, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed.

 

The disapproval rate edged down 0.2 point to 30.8 pct, according to the survey conducted for four days through Monday.

 

The readings reflected apparent public support for Abe’s recent decisions to tighten controls on exports to South Korea and not to appeal a landmark court ruling that ordered his government to pay damages to relatives of former leprosy patients, sources familiar with the situation said.

 

On Abe’s tenure as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, 49.5 pct of respondents opposed a party rule revision aimed at keeping him in the post beyond the expiration of his current term in September 2021.

 

By contrast, 27.7 pct supported such a revision, while 22.8 pct did not take either position.

 

Among LDP supporters, 45.3 pct backed such a change, while 37.5 pct opposed it.

 

Among supporters of opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People and the Japanese Communist Party, the proportion of respondents who opposed such a revision reached 70 to 80 pct.

 

On reasons for supporting the Abe cabinet, while multiple answers allowed, 22.9 pct said there is no other suitable person for prime minister, 14.0 pct said Abe has leadership skills and 9.1 pct said they trust him.

 

Among those who disapproved of the cabinet, 16.3 pct said they do not trust Abe, 11.5 pct said they have no expectations of the cabinet and 9.9 pct said the cabinet’s policies are bad.

 

The support rate for the LDP rose 2.4 points to 28.0 pct, while that for the CDPJ grew 1.9 points to 5.8 pct.

 

Support stood at 4.1 pct for Komeito, the coalition partner of the LDP, 2.2 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 2.1 pct for the JCP and 0.6 pct for the DPFP.

 

The support rate was 1.0 pct for Reiwa Shinsengumi and 0.4 pct for NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (party to protect the people from Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK). The two groups won legal status as political parties as a result of last month’s election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament.

 

The proportion of respondents with support for no specific political party accounted for 53.4 pct of the total, down 4.9 points.

 

The survey was conducted by interviews with 2,000 people aged 18 or older across the country, with valid responses from 62.4 pct.

 

                                                            Political party support rates (%)

 

Aug.

July

June

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

28.0

25.6

27.7

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

5.8

3.9

3.3

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

0.6

0.6

Komeito (Komeito)

4.1

4.1

2.6

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

2.2

1.8

1.2

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

2.1

2.6

1.8

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

0.3

0.3

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

1.0

Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To)

0.4

None

53.4

58.3

59.4

 

 

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