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Poll: Support ratings for Abe's Cabinet fall over scandals

Poll: Support ratings for Abe's Cabinet fall over scandals

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has fallen, hit by political funds scandals and concerns about his leadership ability, according to the results of two newspaper polls published Monday.
The Mainichi, a nationwide newspaper, said 40 percent of the 1,044 respondents to its Jan. 27-28 poll supported the Cabinet, down 6 percentage point the previous poll in December. Those who disapproved rose to 36 percent from 30 percent.
The newspaper attributed the drop to the resignation of Cabinet ministers and their murky use of political funds.
Separately, the Nikkei business newspaper said the support ratings for Abe fell to 48 percent in the Jan. 26-28 survey of 906 voters, down 3 percentage points from its December poll. Those who disapproved of the Abe government rose 1 point to 41 percent.
The Nikkei said the drop partly reflected voter disappointment over Abe's failure to show his strong leadership.
In his policy-setting speech Friday, Abe said Japan must overhaul its pacifist constitution, beef up its international security role and free itself of World War II's political remnants.
"We take the poll results seriously," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki told reporters Monday. "But we will make steady effort to achieve our policies."
Abe has been hit by scandals involving political funds and misstatements by his Cabinet ministers. Opposition leaders said they plan to question Abe over the scandals.
Two ministers were forced to resign in recent weeks over misuse of political funds. Several other Cabinet ministers are also implicated in similar scandals.
In the latest embarrassment for Abe, Health Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa drew criticism after calling women "birth-giving machines" in a speech on the falling birthrate on Saturday. Opposition leaders said they would demand his resignation during the parliamentary debate.
Neither newspaper gave a margin of error for their random telephone surveys.


Updated : 2021-07-24 05:48 GMT+08:00