The approval rating for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet remained low at 33.6%, while the disapproval rating reached 50% for the first time since December, a Kyodo News poll has shown, amid lingering public concerns over the national identification card system and inflation.

The support rate has declined in recent months and is now only a tad higher than the lowest level since Kishida took office in October 2021, which was 33.1% in November and December 2022.

In the previous poll in mid-July, the figure was 34.3% and the disapproval rate was 48.6%. The last time the disapproval rate was above the 50% threshold was last December.