Abe Cabinet Support Dives to 29.9%, Disapproval 48.6%: Jiji Poll (News)
Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)—The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet plunged 15.2 percentage points in July from the previous month to 29.9%, dropping below 30% for the first time since his current administration was launched in December 2012, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday.
The size of the decline was the steepest for the current administration, according to the monthly opinion survey.
The disapproval rating for the cabinet jumped 14.7 points to 48.6%, the highest level, showed the survey, conducted for four days through Monday.
The results apparently reflected high-profile favoritism allegations against Abe over a plan by a school operator run by a friend of his to open a university faculty of animal medicine in a national strategic special deregulation zone.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]