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40% disapprove, 37% support PM Abe; 55% negative over foreign worker bill: Mainichi poll

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Mainichi/Masahiro Kawata)

TOKYO -- The disapproval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe moved up to 40 percent in the latest Mainichi Shimbun poll, while 37 percent supported the administration. It is the first time in two months that more people disapproved of the Abe Cabinet than approved it.

The latest disapproval rate in the Dec. 15-16 poll covering 1,017 respondents aged 18 or older nationwide was up 2 percentage points from the previous month, while the approval figure was down 4 percentage points. Among the rest, 21 percent -- a slight increase from 20 percent in November -- said they had no interest in the issue, while 1 percent, the same figure recorded a month earlier, didn't give an answer.

Meanwhile, 55 percent said they didn't support the recent Diet decision of accepting more foreign workers starting April 2019 by changing the immigration law, while 30 percent said they were supportive of the move. Respondents with no answer stood at 15 percent.

When asked about the government's ongoing project to reclaim the waters off the Henoko district of the city of Nago in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the same prefecture, 56 percent was against it, while 27 percent indicated support. Seventeen percent had no answer.

The poll was conducted by selecting interviewees through the random digit sampling method, covering both landlines and cellphones for people aged at least 18.


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