Support rate for Japan's Hatoyama Cabinet plunges: survey

12:49, December 28, 2009      

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The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Cabinet fell 18 percentage points from the previous poll in November to 50 percent, while disapproval grew by the same margin to 42 percent, the Nikkei newspaper reported Monday.

The newspaper findings attributed the plunge in the rate partly to the prime minister's explanation on the falsifying of his fund documents.

Three-quarters of the respondents in the telephone survey conducted Friday through Sunday on a randomly selected 1,033 households with eligible voters said they believe Hatoyama's explanations about his fund management body's reporting irregularities were "insufficient," while 16 percent said they were "sufficient."

Separately, a weekend Kyodo News survey found the support rate for the Cabinet stood at 47.2 percent, down 16.5 percentage points from the previous poll conducted about a month ago.

However, when asked whether he should step down, 64.3 percent want Hatoyama to remain in office but said he needs to fulfill his responsibilities and give a full explanation on the fund management issue, while 21.1 percent called for him to resign.

On Thursday, two former aides of Hatoyama were indicted over the fund irregularities. The indictments came on the 100th day of the launch of the Hatoyama government.

Source: Xinhua
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