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Suga cabinet’s initial public support rating stands at 74%

  • September 21, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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The Monday edition of Yomiuri gave top coverage to a report on the results of its opinion poll conducted over the weekend, which found that the initial public support rating for the Suga cabinet stood at 74%, the third highest among similar polls taken on the heels of cabinet inaugurations since 1978. According to the daily, the highest approval rating was 87% for the cabinet led by Koizumi in 2001, followed by the one led by Hatoyama in 2009 at 75%. The disapproval rating for Suga’s cabinet was 14%. Suga’s stance of continuing the measures and policies pursued by his predecessor Shinzo Abe was met with approval by 63% of respondents, and with disapproval by 25%.

 

The daily wrote that although senior GOJ officials are pleased with the high approval rating, they are also concerned about a possible loss of momentum, adding that calls for a swift dissolution of the Lower House for a snap election are likely to grow within the LDP, forcing Suga to make a difficult decision.

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