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Abe’s Support Falls Into ‘Danger Zone’ After Prosecutor Scandal

  • Support for Abe’s cabinet falls to 27% in Mainichi survey
  • ‘Sayonara Prime Minister Abe’ trends as dissatisfaction builds
Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plunged in a Mainichi poll, dropping by 13 percentage points as public dissatisfaction builds over the handling of a scandal involving the resignation of a top prosecutor.

Just 27% of those surveyed supported Abe’s cabinet, down from 40% in the previous survey on May 6. The disapproval rating jumped 19 percentage points to 64%. A rating below 30% has traditionally been regarded as a “danger zone” for cabinet support levels.