Only 10% Support PM Kishida Amid Plummeting Ratings: Poll

The survey yielded responses from 431 household members and 625 mobile phone users

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida holds a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 13, 2023. (Frank Robichon/Pool via Xinhua)

Only 10.4 percent of the Japanese public support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in the upcoming ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership race, signaling widespread dissatisfaction, a media poll showed on Sunday.

Conducted by national news agency Kyodo over the weekend, the telephone survey showed Kishida’s Cabinet approval rating at 22.2 percent, a decline from 24.2 percent in May.

Meanwhile, the disapproval rate remained steady at 62.4 percent.

Some 36.6 percent of respondents called for Kishida’s immediate resignation, while 78.9 percent felt that a recently revised political funding law fails to address money in politics, despite Kishida’s claims of increased transparency. Opposition parties have criticized the reform as inadequate.

The survey also highlighted public skepticism about the government’s 40,000 yen (about 250 U.S. dollars) tax cut, with 69.6 percent believing it insufficient to help households cope with rising costs. Furthermore, 90.4 percent of respondents felt that the proposed changes to the reporting of political activity funds were inadequate.

The survey yielded responses from 431 household members and 625 mobile phone users, according to Kyodo.

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