New Japan PM gets approval rating of 63 percent

New prime ministers typically start out with relatively high approval ratings in the 60s.

Tokyo: An initial public opinion poll has given new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Cabinet a support rating of 63 percent.

Noda and his Cabinet were officially appointed on Friday, promising to guide the nation through the post-tsunami recovery, nuclear crisis and economic slump.

New prime ministers typically start out with relatively high approval ratings in the 60s. They usually decline steeply after an initial honeymoon.

Noda`s predecessor, Naoto Kan, started out with an approval rating of about 61 percent. That had fallen to below 20 percent near the end of his 15-month tenure.

Saturday`s poll by Kyodo News surveyed just over 1,000 people on Friday and Saturday. A poll of that size would have a margin of error of five percent.

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