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Abe cabinet's support rate plunges to record low

Staff Writer | July 10, 2017
Support rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has plunged to a record low of 31.9 percent since the prime minister returned to office in December 2012, according to a Nippon News Network poll released on Sunday.
Shinzo Abe
Asia   A Nippon News Network poll:
According to the news network's survey from July 7 to July 9, support rate for the prime minister's cabinet dropped to 31.9 percent, down 7.9 percentage points from a survey a month earlier, while the disapproval rate stood at 49.2 percent, up 7.4 points.

Among those supporting the cabinet, 42.2 percent said it was because they could not think of a suitable person to replace Abe as prime minister, while only 14.4 percent said it was because they trusted Abe's character.

Among those who do not support the cabinet, 33.8 percent said it was because they did not trust Abe's integrity, and 23.1 percent said they held no expectation for Abe's policies.

Regarding the allegations that Abe had used his influence to open a new department at a university run by a close friend in a government-designated special economic zone, 54.7 percent of the respondents said they were not convinced by Abe's explanations, while 19.8 percent said the opposite.

As for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's recent defeat in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election, 67.7 percent of the respondents said the election results were "reasonable," while only 15.7 percent said they had wanted the LDP to win.