Japan’s PM lowest in popularity survey

A recent survey in South Korea shows that Japenese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been deemed least popular than North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.


In the Gallup Korea survey released on Friday, 5 percent of respondents voiced positive views of Abe, which is half that of the 10 percent who said they preferred Kim.


Surprisingly, respondents with negative views of Abe came in at 89 percent, exceeding the 83 percent who felt the same way about Kim. The survey, which took three days starting from Tuesday, covered some 1,000 people 19 or older.


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U.S. President Donald Trump garnered a positive rating from 24 percent of the respondents, putting him in first place. However, he received a negative rating of 67 percent.


Chinese President Xi Jinping was behind Trump with 19 percent approving of him, though 66 percent voiced negative views of him.


Russian President Vladimir Putin received good ratings from 13 percent of the respondents but 68 percent said they viewed him negatively.


The ratio of respondents holding Abe in high regard has hovered between 3 to 6 percent in the four surveys conducted since 2013. The ratio for those who view him unfavorably held at a constant 89 percent to 90 percent.


With an inter-Korean summit scheduled for April 2018 and a meeting between Trump and Kim likely to be held somewhere in May, the survey examined the public’s attitude toward the North Korean nuclear crisis.


Asked whether Pyongyang’s apparent shift in policy showed change, 53 percent said yes, and 34 percent said no. This was a big improvement over the last survey held in January.


The survey also said that majority of South Koreans aren’t convinced that North Korea will part with its nuclear weapons program. 22 percent said they believed the North would stop and 64 percent said it would increase development.


Reference: Abe less popular than Kim Jong Un, Trump, Xi and Vladimir Putin in South Korea: Gallup survey


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