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Research shows that 26% of voters approve of the Kishida cabinet; The number has remained between 20 and 30% for more than six months


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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida answers questions during the Diet in Tokyo on May 17.

The approval rating of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet was 26% in the latest Yomiuri Shimbun monthly poll conducted between Friday and Sunday. This has now been between 20 and 30% for seven months in a row.

The disapproval rate was 63%, down from the April survey, when it was 66%.

79% of respondents said they did not have a good opinion of the Liberal Democratic Party’s response to the revision of the Political Funds Control Act, far above the 14% who said they did.

The LDP submitted its proposal for the revision of the Law on the Control of Political Funds only after failing to reach an agreement with its coalition partner Komeito on where to set the threshold for the mandatory disclosure of the names of ticket buyers of fundraising parties and the disclosure of how policy activities are carried out. funds are handled.

Regarding the future handling of funds for policy activities, 44% of respondents said they should “disclose the details of how they are used,” 29% said they should “disclose the broad strokes of how they are used,” and 19% said “ban the funds,” and 4% said “leave them as they are.”

70% of respondents “do not think” that the revision of this law will solve the ongoing series of “political and money” problems, while 22% of respondents think it will.

To secure financial resources for measures to combat the declining birth rate, the government plans to set up a system to collect “support payments for child rearing” by increasing health insurance premiums. 37% of respondents were in favor of this plan, while 55% were against.

The LDP’s approval rating rose to 27%, up from 24% in the previous survey. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan gained two percentage points from the previous survey, bringing it to 7%. Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) remained at 4%. The share of voters without party affiliation fell from 51% to 46%.

When asked whether they would like to see “continuation of the LDP-led government” or “replacement by a government led by the parties currently in opposition” after the next House of Commons elections, respondents were divided: 42 % chose each of the two. options. In terms of who respondents planned to vote for in the next House of Commons proportional representation elections, the LDP had the highest support at 27%, one point higher than the 26% they received last time. In second place was the CDPJ, which gained five points, going from 10% to 15%. Third was Nippon Ishin, whose score of 10% was the same as in April.

Among unaffiliated voters, 13% were in favor of the CDPJ, followed by 10% each for the LDP and Nippon Ishin. This is the first time in the seven surveys conducted since last May that the LDP has fallen from first place. When limited to those who want a change of government, the CDPJ had 29%, and Nippon Ishin and Reiwa Shinsengumi each had 11%.

Regarding when the House of Representatives should be dissolved and a general election held, 26% said “by the end of the current parliamentary session in June,” followed by 23% each for “within this year” and “ none We must hold elections until the end of the legislature next October.”

The poll was conducted among voters aged 18 or older by randomly calling computer-dialed telephone numbers and mobile phone numbers. A total of 1,033 responses were received. Of the telephone calls to 673 households that turned out to contain at least one voter, responses from the survey were received on 398 telephone calls. Of the 1,659 people who answered cell phone calls, 635 people responded. The response rate was 59% for telephones and 38% for mobile phones.

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