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Print, broadcast polls show Hatoyama support waning

Date Posted: 2009-12-24

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s leadership failures, coupled with a lack of decisiveness on the Futenma relocation and 2010 budget plans, are leading to dramatic plunges in his poll ratings in all media.

NTV and Fuji-TV polls taken within this week show Hatoyama’s support dropping 14.5 points from only a month ago, leaving the Prime Minister at 51.8% The Fuji-TV poll is virtually the same as NTV’s. Non-support has risen 17.5 points to 40.4% in the Fuji-TV sampling and 18 points to 36.2% in the NTV survey. The broadcast polls show the general public split on Hatoyama’s decision to not make a decision on Futenma, 46.4% approving and 45.6% disapproving of the Prime Minister’s action.

Asahi, Yomiuri and Mainichi newspapers found equally strong public sentiments against the Prime Minister’s leadership. Some 60% of those surveyed thought Hatoyama’s handling of the Futenma issue was poor, while 30% thought he was correct in taking things slow. More than 51% of those surveyed by Mainichi disapproved of the Hatoyama government’s decision not to settle the Futenma issue until sometime next year, and 68% expressed concern about Hatoyama’s diplomacy and relationship with the United States.

Mainichi showed Hatoyama’s rating dropped nine points from a month ago, down to 55%, while disapproval rankings rose 13 points to 34% The Asahi survey taken Saturday and Sunday showed Hatoyama support down 14 points at 48%, and non-support up 13 points to 34%. The Yomiuri nationwide poll shows Hatoyama’s ranking down four points to 55%, while his disapproval rating was up four points to 33%. Well more than half of the Yomiuri respondents, 68%, said the Prime Minister’s postponement of a Futenma decision would have negative impact on U.S.-Japan relations. The Yomiuri poll found respondents split on what to do with Futenma; some 35% said the airfield should be moved out of Japan, another 34% said the original deal moving the airbase to Nago’s Henoko area should be honored, and 14% felt the airfield should be moved from Okinawa to another Japanese location.

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