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Suga Cabinet disapproval tops 40 pct for 1st time, Jiji survey

Tokyo, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)–The public disapproval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet rose 3.1 percentage points from the previous month to 42.8 pct in February, topping 40 pct for the first time, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday.

 

The support rate rose 0.6 point to 34.8 pct, according to the survey, conducted for four days through Sunday. Disapproval exceeded approval for the Suga cabinet, launched in September last year, for the second straight month.

 

On coronavirus vaccinations, expected to start for medical workers as early as Wednesday, 82.9 pct said they have expectations while 8.1 pct said they do not.

 

The government’s response to COVID-19 was highly rated by 27.8 pct, up 9.3 points, apparently thanks to a decrease in new infections following the introduction of a second coronavirus state of emergency last month. It was poorly rated by 51.2 pct.

 

On reasons to support the cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 15.2 pct said there is no person other than Suga suitable to be prime minister, 9.2 pct said they trust him, and 5.7 pct said they trust his party.

 

Of those who disapproved the cabinet, 24.3 pct said Suga lacks leadership skills, 23.4 pct said they cannot expect anything from him, and 16.0 pct said they do not trust him.

 

Suga’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won support from 25.5 pct of respondents, up from 23.7 pct, while the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan was supported by 3.8 pct, up from 3.1 pct.

 

Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, saw its support slip to 2.4 pct from 3.9 pct.

 

The support rate stood at 2.1 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 1.6 pct for the Japanese Communist Party, 0.6 pct for the Democratic Party for the People, 0.4 pct for the Social Democratic Party, 0.3 pct for Reiwa Shinsengumi and 0.2 pct for NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru Kai, which focuses on the issue of viewing fees for public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp.

 

Respondents who back no particular party accounted for 61.2 pct.

 

The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or older nationwide, with 61.9 pct providing valid responses.

 

[Note: As of January 2021, the full name of the “NHK Party” was “The Party to Protect the People from NHK (NHK kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To).” On Feb. 5, 2021, the full name of the party was changed to “The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru To).”]

 

                                          Political party support rates (%)

 

Feb.

Jan.

Dec.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

25.5

23.7

24.7

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

3.8

3.1

4.1

Komeito (Komeito)

2.4

3.9

3.3

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

2.1

1.6

1.8

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.6

1.7

1.5

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.6

0.5

0.9

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.4

0.8

0.4

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.3

0.2

0.6

The Party that Teaches How to Not Pay the NHK License Fee (NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Hoho wo Oshieru To)

0.2

0.1

0.2

None

61.2

62.8

60.3

 

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