New Japan PM gets approval rating of 63 percent
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.