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Suga Cabinet approval almost unchanged at 35 pct, Jiji poll

  • March 12, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:31 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)–The public approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet stood at 35.0 pct in March, almost unchanged from the previous month, a Jiji Press survey showed.

 

The support rate inched up 0.2 point from February, while the disapproval rate slid 1.8 points to 41.0 pct.

 

Disapproval exceeded approval for the Suga cabinet, launched in September last year, for the third consecutive month.

 

On their reasons for supporting the cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 14.4 pct said there is no person other than Suga suitable to be prime minister, 8.1 pct said they trust him and 7.5 pct said that they would support anybody.

 

It is the first time, including during former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s second stint as leader from 2012, that “would support anybody” ranked among the top three options for reasons to back the cabinet.

 

Of those who disapproved the cabinet, 22.8 pct said Suga lacks leadership, 21.4 pct said they cannot expect anything from him, and 16.1 pct said they do not trust him.

 

The survey showed that 67.2 pct of respondents said that Suga’s response to a dining scandal involving his eldest son and communications ministry officials were inadequate.

 

The share of those who found the prime minister’s response sufficient came to 11.1 pct, while 21.7 pct answered that they did not know.

 

The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was rated positively by 28.4 pct, up 0.6 point, and rated negatively by 46.1 pct, down 5.1 points.

 

Suga’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won support from 23.0 pct of respondents, while the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan was supported by 4.8 pct, and Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, was backed by 3.5 pct of respondents.

 

The support rate stood at 2.4 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 1.7 pct for the Japanese Communist Party, 0.4 pct for the Democratic Party for the People and 0.2 pct each for the Social Democratic Party and Reiwa Shinsengumi. Respondents who back no particular party accounted for 62.4 pct.

 

The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or older nationwide, with 64.2 pct providing valid responses.

 

                                          Political party support rates (%)

 

March

Feb.

Jan.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

23.0

25.5

23.7

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.8

3.8

3.1

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

2.4

3.9

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

2.4

2.1

1.6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.7

1.6

1.7

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

0.4

0.6

0.5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

0.4

0.8

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.2

0.3

0.2

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

0.1

0.2

0.1

None

62.4

61.2

62.8

 

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