May 13, 2010

THEY DON'T LIKE THEIR UNICORN RIDER EITHER:

Japan prime minister sags dangerously in polls (ERIC TALMADGE, 05/13/10, Daily Caller)

Public support for Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who swept to power less than a year ago with approval ratings over 70 percent, has fallen so low that he is now in a danger zone from which few of his predecessors recovered. [...]

A national poll released this week by the Yomiuri, Japan’s top-selling newspaper, found the approval rate for Hatoyama’s Cabinet plummeted to 24 percent in May, down 9 percentage points from the previous month. [...]

Recent prime ministers whose Cabinet’s approval rating has fallen into the 20-percent level have generally had to resign.

“He is in a very difficult spot,” Tomoaki Iwai, a political science professor at Tokyo’s Nihon University, said Thursday. “If he doesn’t quit, support levels will not go back up. But if he does, that will not solve any problems. There is basically nothing he can do right at this point.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2010 6:10 AM
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