Japan's ruling cabinet support rate hits 64%: survey

11:24, June 15, 2010      

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Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan (front C) poses for a group photo with other cabinet members in the Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on June 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

The public support rate for the Cabinet of new Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan rose 3.3 percentage points to 64.8 percent at the weekend, according to the Kyodo News agency who released their survey results Monday.

The 3.3 percent rise was from a previous survey Kyodo conducted soon after the new cabinet's launch last Tuesday and according to the latest poll conducted by phone on Saturday and Sunday, the disapproval rate for the prime minister's cabinet stood at 23.6 percent, down from 25.2 percent.

The rising support rate suggested that the resignation by People's New Party (PNP) chief Shizuka Kamei, as minister in charge of banking sector and postal reform on Friday, had no bearing on public sentiment towards Kan's cabinet.

According to Kyodo's poll, 29.4 percent of respondents said they intended to vote for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ) in the proportional representation segment of the upcoming House of Councillors election, and 30.6 percent said they will support DPJ candidates in local constituencies.

The results revealed that public support for the DPJ was almost twice as that for the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party.

Additionally, 55.3 percent of respondents said they felt the DPJ-led coalition should dominate the upper house with a majority of seats, whilst 35.4 said it should not, Kyodo reported.

Source: Xinhua


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