The latest NHK opinion poll shows that Japan's new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has an approval rating of 49 percent. The Cabinet was launched on October 4.
The initial approval rate is 13 percentage points lower than that of the Cabinet launched by Kishida's predecessor, Suga Yoshihide, in September 2020.
At the same time, the approval rate went up 19 percentage points compared with the last opinion poll for the Suga Cabinet.
The survey conducted by telephone from Friday to Sunday targeted 3,328 people. Of those polled, 1,921 people, or 58 percent, responded.
While 49 percent of the respondents said they support the Kishida Cabinet, 24 percent said they do not.
Among those who support the Kishida Cabinet, 38 percent said it seems a better alternative to other possible Cabinets, while 19 percent said it's a Cabinet of the party they support. Another 17 percent replied they trust Kishida.
Among those who disapprove of the Cabinet, 32 percent said they have no expectations for its policies, 18 percent said it is not a Cabinet of the party they support. Another 15 percent said they prefer a different Cabinet.