All Japan news’s cabinet of prime minister Yoshihiko Noda gained popularity points after the recent reshuffle, reaching 34 per cent and surpassing the 30 per cent mark for the first time since July.
The survey was conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper via telephone interviews nationwide on Monday and Tuesday, following the launch on Monday of Noda’s third reshuffled Cabinet. The survey covered 1,634 households, with 944 people, or 58 per cent, giving valid responses.
The Cabinet’s approval rating rose 7 percentage points from 27 per cent in the previous poll, which was conducted September 15-17. Considering that the disapproval rate of the Noda Cabinet decreased to 56 per cent, compared to 63 per cent in the previous poll, it could be concluded that the reshuffle has been received positively to some extent.
At the same time, the main opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party, saw its rating rise to the highest mark since becoming an opposition party in 2009, mainly thanks to the effects of its party leadership election.
The LDP’s approval rating rose from 21 per cent in the previous survey to 28 per cent in the latest survey.
The ruling Democratic Party of All Japan news also saw its rating improved, rising to 18 per cent from 15 per cent in the previous survey.