The public support rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rose 3.5 points to 48.3 percent, up from a similar survey in October, an opinion poll taken over the weekend showed Sunday.

Its disapproval rate, meanwhile, fell 0.8 point to 40.4 percent.

The results of the survey, conducted by Kyodo News, are good news for the Cabinet, which saw its numbers sink right after the Diet passed two publicly divisive security bills on Sept. 19.