Monday’s Yomiuri carried a report on its latest opinion survey conducted over the weekend, which found that 50% of respondents welcomed the deployment of MSDF assets to the Middle East, and 35% did not. Breaking down the results based on political party supported, 64% of those who support the ruling parties welcomed the deployment, while 52% of those who support the opposition parties did not, exceeding the 42% who welcomed the deployment. Public support for the Abe cabinet was 52%, up 4 points from last month’s survey. Nonsupport dropped 3 points to 37%. Support for the LDP was 41%, up 4 points, while support for the CDPJ rose 1 point to 7%.
Mainichi also reported on its survey conducted over the weekend, which showed that 63% felt the GOJ should review its initiative to promote integrated resorts featuring casinos, exceeding the 22% who said the government should continue the initiative as planned. In addition, 45% said discussions on the annual publicly-funded cherry blossom viewing event should continue at the ordinary Diet session, while 44% said this is not necessary. Public support for the Abe cabinet was 41% and nonsupport was 37%, almost unchanged from last month’s survey.