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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recently Re-elected Japanese PM's Cabinet's Approval Rating Drops 11+ Points

Shinzo Abe

And right after the election? Okay...

From The Japan Times:

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has fallen to 56.2 percent from 68.0 percent in June, according to a Kyodo News poll, suggesting low expectations for the administration’s economic policies. 
It is the first time since Abe took office in December that the support rate has fallen below 60 percent. The survey, conducted Monday and Tuesday after Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party won the Upper House election on Sunday, found that 31.7 percent of the respondents disapproved of the Cabinet, almost doubling the 16.3 percent in June. 
Among those expressing disapproval, 29.6 percent — up from 20.6 percent — said the prime minister’s economic policies dubbed “Abenomics” do not offer much hope. This apparently reflects concerns about the slow increase in wages despite rising prices due to the weakening yen, Kyodo said. 
Given the poor showing by opposition parties, 68.8 percent of the survey respondents cited a need for realignment among opposition parties, against 22.7 percent who disagreed. 
Because the LDP and opposition parties that support revising the pacifist Constitution fell short of building a two-thirds majority in the chamber, one of the conditions for initiating the revision process, 30.6 percent said the outcome was good, 16.1 percent said it was not good and 51.7 percent had no opinion.

50% plus had no opinion on the revision of Japan's Constitution...

Japan's polls are so difficult to interpret. Many times, you have to look at the direct reaction of a passed law or some form of addressing certain issues to really get an honest view of people's opinions. On a lot of controversial issues people just vote present in polls.

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