Cabinet approval stands at 68%: Nikkei

The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands at 68 percent, down 8 percentage points from the previous survey in April, a Japanese business daily reported Monday.

The disapproval rating came to 19 percent, up 3 points, according to the telephone survey by the Nikkei newspaper conducted between Friday and Sunday. The poll covered 1,447 households nationwide with eligible voters, of which 921 responded.

In the survey, 62 percent of respondents said they support the government's economic policies, and 57 percent approved of its foreign policies.

However, only 22 percent said they actually feel the economy is recovering, while 66 percent said they do not.

On the Cabinet's handling of North Korea, such as the long-standing issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals, 46 percent said they have expectations of progress, compared with 37 percent who do not.

Fifty-two percent are opposed to restarting nuclear power plants in Japan, while 30 percent said they support the move.

==Kyodo