The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a spot nationwide public opinion poll on Aug. 3–4 in response to Abe’s third reshuffle of his cabinet on Aug. 3. The cabinet support rate was 55%, essentially unchanged from the 53% found in the poll conducted on July 11–12. The nonsupport rate was 32% (previous poll: 34%).
When asked if they approve of Prime Minister Abe’s leaving many key positions unchanged in his reshuffle of the cabinet, more than half (53%) of pollees said “yes” while 28% said “no.” Many took a negative view, however, of the appointment of Tomomi Inada to the position of defense minister, with 32% saying they approve and 41% saying they disapprove. Views were evenly split over the appointment of Tamayo Marukawa to the position of minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, with 37% approving and 39% disapproving.
Opinions were also divided over the Abe cabinet’s economic policies with 43% approving (previous poll: 44%) and 44% disapproving (previous poll: 42%). Some 34% expected that the economy would improve under the Abe cabinet while 54% thought otherwise.
Some 76% of respondents have hopes for Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, greatly exceeding the 19% who are not hopeful. A total of 76% of Tokyo voters said they are hopeful about their new governor.