December 24, 2019

Cabinet Approval Rating

Approval rate for PM Abe declines, but within a business-as-usual range.

Published monthly by JMA. Updated to the month of December 2019 (published on December 24, 2019).

Recent data trend

The last two months saw a sharp decline in the approval rate for Prime Minister (PM) Abe. According to our trimmed average measure, his approval rate fell from 53% in October 2019 to 45% in December 2019. His disapproval rate went up from 34% to 40% in the same period. In two of the seven media polls we follow, the disapproval rate for PM Abe rose above the approval rate for him. A few scandals hit the Abe cabinet since late October. Since mid-October, two of his cabinet ministers were fo...

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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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