Kan disapproval rate exceeds approval rate
An NHK poll shows that the disapproval rate for Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet exceeds its approval rate, just over a month after he took office.
The nationwide weekend poll drew responses from 1,104 people aged 20 or above.
Among the respondents, the approval rate for the cabinet was 39 percent, down 2 percentage points from NHK's last survey 2 weeks ago. The disapproval rate was 45 percent, up 7 percentage points.
Respondents were also divided on the results of last week's Upper House elections, in which the main governing Democratic Party lost control of the upper chamber of the Diet but kept control of the Lower House.
Forty-seven percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with the result, while the same amount said they were not.
Asked to give a reason for the Democrats' defeat, 31 percent cited Kan's remarks about raising the consumption tax, 48 percent said voters were angry over how the party was running the government, and 6 percent cited expectations for the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party.
Asked whether Kan should continue serving as prime minister, 47 percent said yes, 17 percent said no, and 34 percent were undecided.