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The approval rating of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has fallen 2.4 percentage points to 53.0 percent from the previous poll in September, as the consumption tax hike last week remains a concern regarding the economic outlook, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

In the nationwide telephone poll conducted over the weekend, 70.9 percent said they are either “worried” or “worried to a certain extent” about a possible negative impact on the economy from the tax increase from 8 percent to 10 percent on Oct. 1.

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