Noda lags in polls despite cabinet shuffle

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 October, 2012, 3:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 January, 2015, 2:54pm

Newspaper polls show Japan’s government remains deeply unpopular despite a cabinet shake-up by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The Asahi and the Yomiuri polls published on Wednesday show only about 18 per cent of voters support Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan. The rival Liberal Democrats have 30 per cent support.

Noda has promised to hold elections soon, and must conduct them by next summer. He replaced several cabinet members last week.

Approval for the new line-up in the Yomiuri poll was 34 per cent, up 7 points from the old cabinet’s mid-September rating. But the approval rating in the Asahi poll dropped 2 points to 23 per cent. Disapprovals exceeded 50 per cent in both polls.

Each poll telephoned 940 eligible voters on October 1 to 2. Polls that size would have a 4 to 5 percentage-point margin of error.