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Hatoyama’s suppport rating plummets again

Date Posted: 2010-05-01

Japan’s Prime Minister watched his support ratings plunge more than 12 points this week, to a weak 20.7%, while disapproval ratings for Yukio Hatoyama increased 11.1 points to 64.4%.

Political observers are now questioning whether the Prime Minister can survive with a weakened power base that is already under attack on other issues only months before the Upper House elections this summer. A “lack of leadership” was listed by 47% of those surveyed by Kyodo News as why he and his cabinet are faring poorly. Hatoyama’s feeling the pinch, too, of calls by 83.8% of those surveyed to get rid of his chid advisor and secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, Ichiro Ozawa.

On top of that, the number of people who think Hatoyama should resign if he can’t fix the Futenma issue has jumped 7.3 points, to 54%. Support for the DPJ has dropped 6.2 points to 24.1% while the Liberal Democratic Party has seen a slight increase in popularity to 18.7%. On the question of who should be the prime minister, Hatoyama was nowhere near the top. Yoichi Masuzoe is at the top of the list, followed by Seiji Maehara, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.


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