Abe Cabinet's Approval Rate Rises to 45.4%: Jiji Poll (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō rose 8.3 percentage points from October to 45.4% this month, outpacing its disapproval rate, which dropped 4.7 points to 37.1%, for the first time in two months, according to a Jiji Press opinion poll.

The results, released on Friday, appear to reflect the public's positive response to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's victory in the October 22 general election and US President Donald Trump's first presidential visit to Japan earlier this month.

In the survey during the three days through Monday, 2,000 people aged 18 or over were interviewed across the country. Of them, 63.0% gave valid responses.

Of the cabinet supporters, 21.1% said there was no other politician than Abe who seemed to fit the post of prime minister, 13.8% appreciated Abe's leadership skills, and 10.9% said they trusted him.

Of the nonsupporters, 21.4% called Abe unreliable, 15.2% said they had no expectations of his cabinet, and 11.7% showed opposition to its policies.

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