Public support for Japan's ruling Cabinet plunges: poll

10:45, March 29, 2010      

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Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama leaves a news conference in Tokyo March 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Cabinet plunged 7 percentage points from the previous survey in February, to 36 percent in the latest poll, The Nikkei business daily newspaper reported Monday.

The latest poll also revealed that as the approval rating dropped the disapproval rate rose 8 percentage points to 57 points.

In addition, the approval rating for the Democratic Party of Japan fell 8 points to 33 percent, The Nikkei's poll showed.

According to The Nikkei, 46 percent of respondents were opposed to Hatoyama's plans to not raise sales tax until the fall of 2013. Forty-three percent of those asked were in favor of the idea. Sales tax is currently set at 5 percent.

Regarding the House of Councilors election in July, the poll showed that 60 percent of respondents will take into account the political fund donation scandals involving Hatoyama and Secretary- General Ichiro Ozawa, when they cast their votes, compared to 32 percent who said would not take it into account.

The latest figures come from a nationwide survey telephone survey conducted between Friday and Sunday on a randomly selected 1,502 households with eligible voters, of which 954 responded.

Source: Xinhua
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