Abe’s comeback and the outlook for a general election

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Given Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current status — recovering approval ratings, high marks for his handling of a serious foreign policy crisis, with an established opposition party in seemingly terminal decline, and a new opposition party scrambling to prepare for an election — the political logic of a snap election is indisputable. This analysis takes an in-depth look at public opinion polls on Abe and what they reveal about the coming election.

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Post-reshuffle polls show public generally supports new cabinet, but with reservations

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Three polls conducted after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership team on August 3 show that while the cabinet did not receive a bump in support after the reshuffle, the public generally approves of Abe’s decisions.

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JPP: Abe government’s approval ratings stabilize, but public still cool towards policies

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

New polls from NHK and the Asahi Shimbun show that the Abe government’s support remains stable despite the public’s negative attitudes regarding the government’s policies. If anything, support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is strengthening.

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JPP: Cabinet approval continues to soften in latest polls

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Two recent polls show that the Japanese cabinet’s approval is once again in what can be described as a “softening” cycle. New polls by the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun both showed headline approval falling. In the case of Yomiuri, the fall was slight, 52% to 49%. Mainichi recorded a sharper fall: the cabinet’s approval fell nine points to 42% and its disapproval rose eight points to 38%.

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JPP: Government support remains stable despite doubts about economic policies

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

In the most recent public opinion polls, support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet cooled off slightly after enjoying a surprising bump following the January 28 resignation of Economic Revitalization Minister Amari Akira, a close ally of the prime minister and a leading architect of Abenomics.

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