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The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet rose to 49.5 percent after the ruling coalition’s victory in last month’s general election, but more than half of respondents were opposed to his long-held goal of amending the Constitution, a Kyodo News poll has shown.

The approval rating improved 5 points from the previous poll in September after Abe was re-elected by the Diet as prime minister and launched his fourth Cabinet on Wednesday. The disapproval rating for the Cabinet stood at 38.3 percent, according to a two-day nationwide telephone survey conducted through Thursday.

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