The support rate for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet has slipped to 26.3 percent from 27.9 percent in August, a public opinion poll said Sunday.
The poll also said that the Cabinet’s disapproval rating climbed to 59.4 percent from 59.0 percent last month.
Meanwhile, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s political group, which is planning to set up a new party to compete in the Lower House election, now ranks second in terms of voting intentions for the proportional representation portion of the race, with 17.6 percent support, behind the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party.
According to the poll, conducted Saturday and Sunday, this is the first time Hashimoto’s group has polled higher than the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which garnered a support rate of 12.4 percent. The LDP’s support rate stood at 22.2 percent.
In the poll, 55.9 percent of the respondents said they do not think Noda’s government handled last month’s Senkaku Islands incident well, compared with 39.7 percent who said the matter was dealt with appropriately.
Japanese authorities arrested and deported 14 people activists who sailed from Hong Kong to land on the disputed islands, which are administered by Japan, and assert China’s sovereignty claim over them.