May 3, 2019

Cabinet Approval Rating

PM Abe enjoys new-era bump to his approval rate.

Published monthly by JMA. Updated to the month of April 2019 (published on May, 2019).

Recent data trend

In April 2019, Japan's Prime Minister of (PM) Abe enjoyed a sizable bump in his approval rate. His approval rate was 49.2% in April, up from 44.9% in March. His approval rate has been improving since the recent low of 35.3% in April 2018. His disapproval rate was 32.9% in April 2019. Media poll reports tend to point to the ascension of the new Emperor as the reason for the boost in the public's assessment of PM Abe's performance. Supposedly, the excitement surrounding the ascension and the...

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Brief Overview

Our Cabinet Approval Rate and Disapproval Rate are based on polling results of the following 7 media organizations: Yomiuri Newspaper, Mainichi Newspaper, Asahi Newspaper, Kyodo News, Nikkei Newspaper,  NHK, and NTV. We produce simple average and trimmed average of their polling results for each month. For the trimmed average, we exclude the highest and the lowest from the poll results and take the average of the rest. Our series starts from January 2013. Prime Minister formed his cabinet at the end of 2012.

For individual polling results, please see below links for reporting on polling results in Japanese by each media. As far as we know, none of the media have a dedicated page for polling results in English.

Yomiuri Newspaper
Mainichi Newspaper
Asahi Newspaper
Nikkei Newspaper
Kyodo News

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