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Kishida Cabinet approval falls to 43.4 pct, Jiji poll

Tokyo, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)–The public approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet dropped 8.3 percentage points from the previous month to 43.4 pct in February, a Jiji Press monthly opinion survey showed.

 

The disapproval rate rose 6.6 points to 25.3 pct. The proportion of respondents who said that they did not know came to 31.2 pct, up 1.6 points, according to the survey, conducted for four days through Monday.

 

The result is believed to reflect people’s dissatisfaction over the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a slow rollout of booster vaccine shots, during the sixth infection wave.

 

The proportion of respondents voicing support over the government’s pandemic response fell 6.3 points to 38.9 pct, while that of those who disapproved went up 6.5 points to 37.9 pct.

 

On why they supported the Kishida cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 16.2 pct said that there was no one else suitable to be prime minister, while 11.6 pct said that they trusted Kishida and 10.4 pct had a favorable impression of him.

 

Of those not supporting the cabinet, 12.7 pct said that they did not have any hopes for Kishida, 8.8 pct said that he did not possess any leadership qualities and 7.2 pct said that they did not approve of his policies.

 

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw its public support rate inch up 0.4 point to 26.0 pct.

 

Support stood at 4.8 pct for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, up 0.8 point, and 3.8 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), down 0.5 point. In the previous survey, Nippon Ishin overtook the CDP in terms of support rate.

 

Public support stood at 3.5 pct for Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, 1.3 pct for the Japanese Communist Party, 1.0 pct for the Democratic Party for the People, 0.5 pct for Reiwa Shinsengumi and 0.2 pct for the Social Democratic Party.

 

The share of respondents with no particular favored party came to 57.4 pct.

 

The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or over across Japan. Valid responses came from 62.8 pct.

 

                                          Political party support rates (%)

 

Feb.

Jan.

Dec.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

26.0

25.6

26.4

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.8

4.0

5.0

Komeito (Komeito)

3.5

3.0

3.6

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

3.8

4.3

4.9

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.0

0.7

0.6

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.3

1.6

1.0

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.5

0.8

0.5

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.2

0.4

0.2

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.2

0.1

None

57.4

57.4

55.9

 

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