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Those not feeling the recovery at 76% and climbing

JIJI

The proportion of voters who do not feel there has been an economic recovery since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office last December now stands at 76.4 percent, up from 68.6 percent in April, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday.

In the latest survey, only 18.5 percent of respondents said they have a sense of economic recovery, down from 23.7 percent, reflecting weaker consumer sentiment.

The survey showed that Abe’s economic policies, known as “Abenomics,” have made little impact on people’s daily lives, despite improvements in a host of economic indicators.

In the survey, 60.2 percent of respondents said they oppose the planned consumption tax rate hike to 10 percent in October 2015 on top of an increase to 8 percent in April next year, far higher than the 34.8 percent who backed the plan.

The survey also showed that 82.6 percent rate Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics as good, while 14.1 percent said they do not.

The survey was conducted by face-to-face interviews nationwide over four days through Monday, covering some 1,280 respondents.