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Abe Cabinet rating recovers to 62%

Publication Date : 14-01-2014


The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet rose to 62 per cent, according to a recent Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up seven percentage points from the previous poll conducted December 6-8.

The disapproval rating fell by eight percentage points to 30 per cent in the poll conducted from Friday through Sunday, while the approval rating of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party rose to 40 per cent, up from 36 per cent in the previous poll.

Approval ratings for major political parties were 4 per cent for the Democratic Party of Japan, down from 6 per cent in the December poll, 4 per cent for New Komeito and 3 per cent for the Japanese Communist Party, both unchanged.

Fifty-nine per cent of respondents said they support progress made in the relocation within Okinawa Prefecture of the US Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station. Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima approved reclamation of the relocation site at the end of last year, a crucial step for moving the base from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago. Just 28 per cent said they do not support this development.

Regarding Abe’s first visit to Yasu-kuni Shrine as a prime minister in December, 45 per cent support it and 47 per cent do not.

Sixty per cent said they support the Abe administration’s economic policies, up five percentage points from the previous survey.

Meanwhile, 79 per cent said a reduced tax rate system should be introduced for daily necessities if the consumption tax rate is raised to 10 per cent in October next year as planned.


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