Japan Poll Causes Rift


TOKYO (AP) - Nearly 50 percent of respondents of a newspaper
poll are calling for the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister
Naoto Kan.
In the new survey by the Asahi daily, 49 percent of respondents
say Kan should step down immediately.
Kan, Japan's fifth leader in less than four years, took office
last June. Public support for his Cabinet has fallen to below 20
percent in recent polls, with voters citing a lack of leadership.
The Asahi said its telephone survey covered 3,484 randomly
selected households. It received valid responses from 2,082
individuals on Saturday and Sunday. No margin of error was given,
but a poll of that size would generally have a margin of error of
about three percentage points.
The results of the survey were released Monday.

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