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Majority support extension of state of emergency

  • May 8, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi front-paged the results of a nationwide public opinion poll that showed some 66% felt that Prime Minister Abe’s decision to extend the state of emergency through May 31 was appropriate, while one out of four said it should have been extended only for limited areas. About 46% said it probably will not be possible to lift the state of emergency on May 31. Almost 70% expressed anxiety about healthcare and testing capacities. Only one out of five approved of the Abe administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, while almost 50% disapproved of it. Support for the Abe cabinet dropped 4 points to 40% from a month ago while nonsupport rose 3 points to 45%. Some 45% were also in favor of the idea of starting the new school year in September, whereas 30% felt otherwise.   

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