Abe Cabinet's Approval Rating Rebounds Modestly to 37 Pct


Tokyo, July 13 (Jiji Press)--The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet came to 37.0 pct in July, up 1.5 percentage points from the previous month, a Jiji Press public opinion survey revealed Friday.

The Abe cabinet's support rating went up, albeit modestly, for the first time in five months, probably because public sentiment against instability in the government has grown to some extent given major changes in the North Korean situation, including last month's first-ever summit between the United States and North Korea, pundits said.

Meanwhile, the cabinet's disapproval rating exceeded the approval rating for five months in a row, although it fell 2.5 points to 40.9 pct.

Distrust in the Abe administration remains strong, also as suggested by the survey results that major opposition parties' move to submit a no-confidence motion against the cabinet won backing from 49.5 pct of respondents while drawing opposition from 28.1 pct.

Blaming the administration for its tepid responses to high-profile favoritism scandals involving Abe and his wife, Akie, the opposition parties are considering introducing the motion by the July 22 end of the ongoing Diet session.

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