(Yomiuri: July 27, 2015—p. 1)
The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a public opinion survey across the nation on July 24-26 before the House of Councillors enters into deliberations on the government’s proposed package of security-related legislative measures cleared by and sent from the House of Representatives. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 43%, down 6 percentage points from the 49% rating in the last survey conducted July 3-5, hitting an all-time low since the launch of his rebooted cabinet in December 2012. The nonsupport rate was 49%, up 9 points from 40% in the last survey, hitting an all-time high. The Abe cabinet’s nonsupport rate topped its support rate for the first time.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and its coalition partner, the Komeito party, took a vote on the security legislation in a plenary sitting of the House of Representatives without many of the opposition party members. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think it was appropriate. In response to this question, “no” accounted for a total of 61%, critical of the ruling coalition’s steering of the matter in the Diet. This can be taken as reflecting the drop in the Abe cabinet’s support rate.
In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the LDP stood at 36% (35% in the last survey), followed by the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan at 8% (9% in the last survey), the Japanese Communist Party at 5% (3% in the last survey), and the Komeito at 3% (4% in the last survey). (Abridged)