A poll from the Yomiuri Shimbun shows that public support for returning Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his Liberal Democratic Party-led cabinet and the policies they have been trying to implement has been steadily growing while the disapproval rating is also dropping.
An opinion poll published Monday shows their approval rating rising to 68% this January, from the 65% when he took office last December. The disapproval rating dropped from 27% to just 24%. 1,796 randomly selected homes with eligible voters and 1,074 gave valid responses. Two thirds of the respondents believe that Abe’s strategy of enhancing the government’s cooperation with the Bank of Japan will lead to a revival of the country’s stagnant economy and end the current deflation. 20% however said they are not confident that this will work.
The government unveiled last Friday their $226.5 billion stimulus plan to strengthen the economy, and a large part of the budget involves rebuilding the areas that were badly hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and beefing up the country’s Self-Defence Forces amidst the various territorial disputes with China and South Korea. Previous prime minister Yoshihiko Noda’s approval rating sank below 20% before he was forced to call for a lower house election where he saw his Democratic Party of Japan suffer heavy losses against the LDP last December.
[ via The West ]