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Suga Cabinet approval rate at 30%, NHK poll

NHK’s latest poll shows the approval rate for Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s Cabinet at 30 percent, up 1 percentage point from last month. The disapproval rate dropped by 2 points to 50 percent.


NHK conducted the telephone survey over the weekend. More than 1,200 people provided answers.


Asked about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a total of 44 percent expressed a positive view, while 53 percent gave a negative assessment.


The government has decided to ease coronavirus restrictions on certain conditions, based on the progress of the country’s vaccination program.


As for the timing of the decision, 18 percent said it was appropriate, 37 percent said it was too early, and 36 percent said it was too late.


Prime Minister Suga says the government plans to finish inoculating all citizens who want to receive shots by October or early November.


Asked about the current status of the vaccination campaign, 29 percent said the rollout is proceeding smoothly, while 63 percent said it is slow.

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