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Support for Abe cabinet plunges to 40% after defense bills' passage

People hold placards and shout slogans as they protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bill outside parliament in Tokyo Aug. 30.

TOKYO -- Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet took a beating after the rushed passage of unpopular national security bills in parliament Saturday, with many voters complaining about the lack of explanation from the government, the latest Nikkei opinion poll showed.

     The approval rating fell 6 percentage points from the end of August to 40% in the survey, conducted Saturday and Sunday. The disapproval rate rose 7 points to 47%.

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