NHK reported on Monday on the results of its opinion survey conducted from Aug. 3 to 5, which showed that the public approval rate for the Abe cabinet dropped 3 points from last month to 41%, and the disapproval rate rose 2 points to 41%. Of those who support the cabinet, 50% said the cabinet seems better than the alternatives,17% cited the cabinet’s ability to implement policies, and 12% said the cabinet is made up of the parties they support. Among those who disapproved, 42% said they don’t trust the prime minister, 28% said nothing can be expected of its policy measures, and 10% said another cabinet would be better. Support for the LDP was 35.6%, followed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan at 5.6% and Komeito at 4.1%. The percentage of those who said they do not support any party was 43.2%.