• Jiji

  • SHARE

The public approval rate for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet fell 0.3 percentage point from the previous month to 29.0% in August, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed Friday.

It was the first time a Cabinet’s approval rating has stayed below 30% for two straight months since the launch of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s second administration in December 2012.

A public support rating below 30% is widely regarded as a danger zone for a Cabinet.

The poor rating came as a possible response to the Suga administration’s measures against the coronavirus, which has surged across the country in recent weeks.

The disapproval rate for the Suga Cabinet stood at 48.3%, down 1.5 points.

In the survey, conducted over four days through Monday, the share of people who did not support the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis came to 55.2%, down 3.9 points, while that of those who rated the response positively stood at 25.7%, up 3.0 points.

Respondents who answered neither or said they do not know accounted for 19.1%.

The share of respondents who believed that the pace of progress on COVID-19 vaccinations has been slow came to 72.4%, far higher than the 16.3% who rated the progress as smooth.

With multiple answers allowed, 14.1%, the most frequent answer among the respondents who approved of the Suga Cabinet, said there is no other person suitable to be prime minister, followed by 6.5% who said they trust Suga and 5.2% who said there will be no change no matter who becomes prime minister.

Among those who disapprove of the Suga Cabinet, 27.1%, the largest group, said they expect nothing from him. A lack of leadership skills was also cited by 27.1%.

The support rate for Suga’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party rose 2.3 points to 23.7%, and that for Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, grew 2.0 points to 4.5%.

Meanwhile, the support rate for the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan fell 0.6 point to 3.9%.

Support stood at 2.0% for Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 1.3% for the Japanese Communist Party, 0.3% for the Democratic Party for the People, and 0.2% each for the Social Democratic Party and Reiwa Shinsengumi.

The share of respondents who supported no particular political party came to 61.4%.

The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people age 18 or over across Japan. Valid responses were received from 64.0%.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)