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Public support for Kan Cabinet dips to 24 percent: Mainichi poll

Prime Minister Naoto Kan announces on Dec. 15 at his office that the government will not appeal the high court ruling. (Mainichi)
Prime Minister Naoto Kan announces on Dec. 15 at his office that the government will not appeal the high court ruling. (Mainichi)

Support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has dipped to 24 percent, the lowest figure since the Cabinet's inauguration, while the disapproval rating stands at 56 percent, a poll by the Mainichi has found.

The approval rating was 2 percentage points below the figure recorded during the Mainichi's previous survey in November, while the disapproval rating was 1 percentage point lower.

The nationwide poll, conducted over the weekend, also showed that 69 percent of people are against government plans in the fiscal 2011 budget to boost the monthly 13,000 yen child allowance by 7,000 yen for households with children under the age of 3. A total of 28 percent support the move.

Altogether, 77 percent of respondents said that Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa should provide an explanation in the Diet over a scandal involving his political fund-raising body -- far more than the 19 percent who said no explanation was needed.

In an evaluation of the Kan administration's performance, 17 percent said the economy has improved over the past year, while 77 percent said it has grown worse. When questioned over the possibility of an increase in the consumption tax, 50 percent said they were against the move, while 46 percent supported it. In a survey conducted in August this year 51 percent had supported an increase and 44 percent were against it.

Some 59 percent of respondents said they supported Kan's declaration that the government will not appeal a high court order to open the drainage gates of the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki to conduct a survey on the dike's impact on local fishing. Thirty percent did not support Kan's move.

When questioned about Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, against whom the opposition-controlled House of Councillors recently passed a censure motion, 54 percent of respondents said that he should resign, while 40 percent said there was no need for him to quit. A total of 39 percent of DPJ supporters said Sengoku should leave his post, while 51 percent of people who did not support a particular party said that the chief Cabinet secretary should step down.

In the poll, 21 percent of respondents said they supported the DPJ -- 1 percentage point higher than the figure recorded in the previous survey. Opposition parties failed to improve: Support for the Liberal Democratic Party stood at 18 percent, matching the figure recorded during the previous survey, while support for Your Party fell 1 percentage point to 9 percent. New Komeito also saw a drop in its support rating, which fell from 6 percent to 5 percent. The figures indicate that opposition parties are not cashing in on declining support for the Cabinet.

In total, 44 percent of respondents said they did not support a particular political party -- 4 percentage points above the previous survey's figure. This number matches the level seen during the closing period of the administration of former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, and highlights the public's drift away from political parties.

The poll, conducted on Dec. 18 and 19, surveyed 1,615 households using randomly selected telephone numbers, and received responses from 1,039 people, marking a response rate of 64 percent.

(Mainichi Japan) December 20, 2010

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