Japanese public losing faith in DPJ cabinet: poll

16:19, March 08, 2010      

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The approval rating for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's cabinet fell 3 percentage points from a month earlier to 41 percent, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Monday.

The telephone poll conducted by the national newspaper from Friday through Sunday also revealed that the cabinet's disapproval rating had increased by 3 percentage points to 50 percent.

The Yomiuri survey disclosed that 57 percent of respondents do not want the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to win a majority of seats in this summer's House of Councillors election, compared to 33 percent who said the party deserved to gain a majority.

The recent slump in the cabinet's approval rating has been attributed to the party's poor handling of political funds scandals involving its lawmakers, the newspaper reported.

Recent polls conducted by the newspaper indicate that the funds scandals have rocked the nation's confidence in its novice government.

Regarding the political funds scandals involving DPJ lawmakers, 84 percent said the party had failed to take action to remedy the situation and 83 percent said Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa should explain to the Diet about the political funds scandal involving his own fund management organization.

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