Cabinet Approval Rating

In July 2017, the disapproval rate for the government rose above 50% for the first time since PM Abe came to power in 2012

Published monthly by JMA. Updated to the month of July 2017 (published on July 24th, 2017).

Recent data trend

According to the Mainich newspaper poll taken between July 22-23, disapproval rate for PM Abe's cabinet rose to 56%, the highest we have seen on any poll since PM Abe took helm at the end of 2012. The approval rate was 26%. Nikkei also published their poll that yielded 52% disapproval and 39% approval. In Jluly, the average of the 7 media polls show over 50% disapproval, both on a simple average and on a trimmed average after removing the highest and the lowest.

Brief Overview

Our Cabinet Approval Rate and Disapproval Rate are based on polling results of the following 7 media organizations: Yomiuri Newspaper, Mainichi Newpaper, 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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