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The Cabinet saw its approval rate this month drop 3.4 points to 39.0 percent and its disapproval rate climb 1.9 points to 36.4 percent, a recent opinion poll shows.

The shift in the Jiji Press monthly poll appears to reflect public criticism of the government statistics scandal involving the labor ministry, and the cool response of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to the Okinawa referendum that rejected the Futenma air base relocation plan late last month.

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