Abe Cabinet Approval Almost Flat at 44 Pct: Jiji Poll

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet was nearly flat at 44.2 pct in October, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday.

Support rose a mere 1.1 percentage points from the previous month, while the disapproval rate slid 1.1 points to 33.0 pct, according to the survey conducted for four days through Monday.

The Oct. 1 consumption tax hike to 10 pct from 8 pct had limited impact on the support rate.

On a Japan-U.S. trade deal concluded recently, 29.3 pct of all respondents highly rated the agreement, while 30.9 pct did not, showing a divide in public opinion. Those who took neither position or had no idea stood at 39.8 pct.

Asked why they support the Abe cabinet, with multiple answers allowed, 20.3 pct said no other suitable politician can be found. Those citing his leadership stood at 13.0 pct, and 11.4 pct said they trust him.

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