Slightly more than 70 percent of Japanese people are satisfied with the recent talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a Kyodo News poll conducted Sunday and Monday.
The poll found that 70.2 percent of respondents reacted positively to the first official talks between Abe and Trump in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida, on Friday and Saturday, while 19.5 percent were dissatisfied.
The support rate for Abe’s Cabinet stood at 61.7 percent in the nationwide survey, up 2.1 points from last month, against a disapproval rate of 27.2 percent.
During their summit, Abe and Trump confirmed plans to strengthen the bilateral alliance and to launch a high-level economic dialogue to cover trade, macroeconomic policy, and infrastructure and energy projects, in a bid to bolster bilateral economic relations.
Trump did not criticize Japan over its sizable trade surplus with the United States, raise currency issues or attack Japan’s automobile trade during the summit in Washington on Friday, Japanese officials said, although prior to the summit he had criticized Tokyo’s economic and monetary policies.
While the Abe-Trump summit drew wide support, the poll found that 75.5 percent of respondents did not understand why Trump issued an executive order to freeze the U.S. refugee program and temporarily bar entry to nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. Only 16.9 percent said they did.
Abe has been refraining from making comments about Trump’s controversial executive order, saying that a country’s immigration policy is a “domestic matter.”
Over 60 percent of those polled said it was appropriate that Abe played a round of golf with Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago vacation estate in Palm Beach where Abe was invited to stay. He stayed there two nights following the summit in Washington.
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