Japan PM support sinks to all time low
Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fallen sharply to its lowest level since the Japanese leader took office last September, two newspaper surveys published on Monday showed, as ruling and opposition camps gear up for a July upper house elect
Only 32 per cent of voters who responded to a weekend survey by the Mainichi newspaper backed Abe, down 11 points from April, while a separate poll by the Nikkei business daily put the prime minister's support rate at 41 per cent, down 12 points.
The Mainichi survey also showed that 42 per cent of voters want the main opposition Democratic Party to win the July election compared with 33 per cent who want Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party to win.
Abe's administration has come under fire after the Social Insurance Agency, which manages the pension system, acknowledged that data on 50 million premium payments had been mixed up, meaning some people are probably getting smaller pensions than they are entitled to.
Abe has said the government would take steps to sort out the problem. Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2007, 12:20