Tokyo: Japan population showed their support to the ruling government in Japan after the nuke disaster by voting for the Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet, a poll showed on Monday.

The Nikkei business daily said in its latest opinion poll that the approval rating for the cabinet rose to 27 per cent from 22 per cent in its previous survey in late February, while the disapproval rate remained unchanged at 67 per cent.

The telephone survey was carried out on Friday, Saturday and yesterday, covering 1,603 voters across the nation of whom 61 per cent gave valid responses.

Seventy per cent of the respondents said they gave little credit to the government response to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, while just 19 per cent praised its action.

Another opinion poll carried out by the Mainichi Shimbun showed that public support for the cabinet rose to 22 per cent from 19 per cent in February, while the disapproval rate fell to 54 per cent from 60 per cent.

Sixty-eight per cent of respondents did not praise the government's response to the nuclear accident against 28 per cent showing support for its handling of the crisis, the Mainichi poll showed.

Seventy-eight per cent said Kan had not shown leadership in tackling the aftermath of the disaster, it showed.

The 9.0-magnitude quake and resulting tsunami slammed into Japan's northeast coast on March 11, killing at least 13,705 people, with more than 14,000 more still missing.

The monster wave also crippled the nuclear power plant, with radiation from the overheating reactors making its way into the air, land and sea, leading the government to impose exclusion zones around the plant.

Agencies