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The approval rating for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet has dropped to its lowest level — 51.0% — from a record high of 63.2% just weeks ago, which comes amid controversy over the proposed state funeral for former leader Shinzo Abe and possible ties between lawmakers and the Unification Church, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

The survey found 53.3% of respondents opposed the state funeral, while 61.9% said a parliamentary debate on holding the event is necessary.

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