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Abe cabinet approval almost flat in March, Jiji Press poll

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)–The approval and disapproval rates for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet in March remained almost unchanged from the previous month, a Jiji press survey showed Friday.

 

Support for the cabinet inched up 0.7 percentage point from the previous month to 39.3 pct, while the disapproval rate fell 1.0 point to 38.8 pct, according to the survey. The standstill came despite public criticism over the government’s handling of the new coronavirus epidemic.

 

As many as 78.2 pct of respondents said Abe is not fulfilling his responsibility of giving explanations about a scandal concerning government-funded annual cherry blossom-viewing parties hosted by the prime minister, while 7.2 pct said that he is. On whether the Diet, Japan’s parliament, should continue pursuing the issue, 22.6 pct said it needs to while 59.8 pct answered that it does not.

 

On reasons for supporting the cabinet, with more than one answer allowed, 22.3 pct said there is no other suitable person for prime minister, 8.1 pct said Abe has leadership skills and 7.0 pct said they trust him.

 

Among those who disapproved of the cabinet, 22.1 pct said they do not trust Abe, 20.5 pct said they have no expectations of the cabinet and 12.7 said the cabinet’s policies are bad.

 

Support for Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party was down 0.3 point at 24.0 pct, and that for the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan fell 2.1 point to 3.5 pct.

 

Komeito, the coalition partner of the LDP, drew support from 3.5 pct, the Japanese Communist Party from 1.6 pct, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) from 1.3 pct.

 

Support stood at 0.7 pct for Reiwa Shinsengumi, 0.5 pct for the Social Democratic Party, 0.4 pct for the Democratic Party for the People and 0.1 pct for NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To (the party to protect the people from NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp.) while the share of people who do not support any political party stood at 62.4 pct.

 

The face-to-face interview survey, conducted for four days through Monday, covered 1,913 people aged 18 or over in the nation. Valid responses were given by 63.5 pct. The March survey excluded Hokkaido, where the coronavirus outbreak is serious.

 

                                                            Political party support rates (%)

 

March

Feb.

Jan.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

24.0

24.3

24.9

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

3.5

5.6

3.3

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.4

0.5

0.9

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

2.8

3.4

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

1.3

1.3

1.0

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.6

1.6

2.6

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

0.2

0.7

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.7

0.9

0.5

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

0.1

0.2

0.2

None

62.4

60.6

60.4

 

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