Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s approval rating has fallen to 35.9%, the lowest level since taking office last year, a Kyodo News poll found on Sunday, adding to signs of public discontent in the face of the government’s determination to organize the Tokyo Olympics despite the coronavirus. pandemic.
The disapproval rate rose to 49.8%, the highest on record for the Suga administration launched in September. With the Summer Games opening next Friday, over 30% still believe the event should be canceled.
In the previous survey conducted last month, the support rate stood at 44.0%, while 42.2% disapproved of Cabinet.
In Saturday’s two-day survey, 87.0% of those polled expressed some concern about Tokyo’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, while 67.9% doubted the effectiveness of the latest state of affairs. emergency against coronaviruses in the capital.
Following the withdrawal of a government plan to ask alcohol lenders and wholesalers to help enforce the ban on restaurants serving alcohol during the state of emergency, 72.3% have said Suga was responsible for the confusion caused, while 26.1% said Yasutoshi Nishimura, the responsible minister. of the coronavirus response, which suggested the plan, is expected to step down.
As the government slows COVID-19 inoculations as vaccine supply is expected to remain limited in the coming months, 58.5% said they were dissatisfied with the rollout.
As for the government’s measures against coronaviruses in general, 64.2% said they did not support them, while 33.9% said they did.
Regarding the decision of the government and organizers to hold Olympic events without spectators at most venues to prevent coronavirus infections, 43.6% said it was appropriate, while 23.6% said it was a small audience should be allowed.
While the public remains concerned that the games could become a large-scale event due to the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, first detected in India, 31.2% said the Olympics should be canceled.
The survey, covering 654 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,382 cell phone numbers, yielded responses from 538 and 527 people, respectively.