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Latest opinion poll from Asahi Shimbun shows rapidly rising public discontent with the gov'ts response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Approval for Government's (LDP-Conservative) response to coronavirus: Approve: 25% (-8), Disapprove: 63% (+7), Don't Know: 12% (+1). +/- vs. 19-20/12/20. Fieldwork: 23-24/01/21. Sample Size: 1,973
  • PM Yoshihide Suga remains vulnerable to internal challenges within the LDP ahead of the Japanese lower house elections, which need to be held by 22 October.
  • Should Suga's approval ratings continue to slide along with those of his gov't, it could encourage the LDP leadership to seek another candidate to contest the elections for the party, or indeed embolden an alternative to challenge Suga directly for the leadership.
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