Support rate for Japan's Kishida cabinet drops below 30 percent: media poll
The approval rate for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's cabinet has fallen below 30 percent for the first time since Kishida took office in October 2021, according to the latest NHK opinion poll.
Public broadcaster NHK conducted the telephone survey over the weekend, with more than 1,200 people responding.
The cabinet's approval rate came to 29 percent, down 7 points from last month, while the disapproval rate stood at 52 percent, up 8 points, NHK said on Monday.
The survey found that 45 percent of those who approved of Kishida's cabinet said it seems preferable to possible alternatives, while 26 percent said it is made up of political parties they support.
Among those who disapproved, 57 percent said they have low expectations for the cabinet's policies, and 21 percent said the cabinet lacks the ability to implement its policies.
The government recently adopted an economic package designed to help households hit by rising prices. When asked about the plan, 5 percent of respondents said they appreciate it "very much," 31 percent said "to some extent," while 34 percent said "not so much," and 25 percent said "not at all."
Among those who gave negative assessments, 38 percent said that they view it as an attempt to win votes in future elections, while 30 percent said the plan does not address rising prices.
(Cover: A scramble crossing near Tokyo's Shibuya Station, October 31, 2023. /CFP)