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Kishida Cabinet approval rises to 50.2 pct, Jiji poll

Tokyo, March 18 (Jiji Press)–The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet rose 6.8 percentage points from the previous month to 50.2 pct in March, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed Friday.

 

The disapproval rate fell 4.2 points to 21.1 pct. The proportion of respondents who said that they do not know came to 28.7 pct, down 2.5 points, according to the survey, conducted for four days through Monday.

 

The result is believed to reflect people’s support for the Kishida cabinet’s hard-line stance against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, which began Feb. 24.

 

The proportion of respondents in support of the government’s sanctions against Moscow, introduced in cooperation with European countries and the United States, came to 72.7 pct. Meanwhile, 12.3 pct said they oppose the sanctions, and 14.9 pct answered neither or said they do not know.

 

On the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response, 42.9 pct of all respondents voiced approval, up from last month’s 38.9 pct, while the share of those disapproving the steps came to 35.1 pct, down from 37.9 pct.

 

Among respondents supporting the Kishida cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 20.7 pct said there is no one else suitable to be prime minister, 10.5 pct said they have a favorable impression of the prime minister and 10.4 pct said they trust him.

 

Of those disapproving the cabinet, 10.4 pct said that they do not have any hopes for Kishida, 7.6 pct said that he does not possess leadership skills and 5.6 pct said that they do not trust him.

 

Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party saw its support rate increase 0.7 point to 26.7 pct.

 

Support stood at 4.4 pct for Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, up 0.9 point, while that for the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan fell 0.5 point to 4.3 pct.

 

Support came to 3.8 pct for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 1.6 pct for the Japanese Communist Party, 1.2 pct for the Democratic Party for the People, 0.6 pct for Reiwa Shinsengumi, 0.5 pct for the Social Democratic Party and 0.2 pct for NHK Jushinryo wo Shiharawanai Kokumin wo Mamoru To, a single-issue party critical of public broadcaster NHK, or Japan Broadcasting Corp.

 

The share of respondents with no particular party to support came to 54.0 pct, down 3.4 points.

 

The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or over. Valid responses came from 61.3 pct.

 

                                          Political party support rates (%)

 

March

Feb.

Jan.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto)

26.7

26.0

25.6

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ or Rikken Minshuto)

4.3

4.8

4.0

Komeito (Komeito)

4.4

3.5

3.0

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

3.8

3.8

4.3

Democratic Party for the People (DPFP or Kokumin Minshuto)

1.2

1.0

0.7

Japanese Communist Party (JCP or Kyosanto)

1.6

1.3

1.6

Reiwa Shinsengumi (Reiwa Shinsengumi)

0.6

0.5

0.8

Social Democratic Party (SDP or Shaminto)

0.5

0.2

0.4

NHK Party (NHK To)

0.2

0.2

None

54.0

57.4

57.4

 

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