Yomiuri front-paged the results of a nationwide public opinion poll conducted jointly with Waseda University on people’s attitudes toward politics. According to the weeks-long survey conducted after the Oct. 31 general election, some 74% voiced dissatisfaction with the current state of politics, marking the highest level ever. The percentage of people who approved of the government’s overall response to the coronavirus pandemic exceeded that of those who did not at 54% and 45%. However, of those who were displeased with the state of politics, 53% disapproved of the GOJ’s handling, while 45% approved of it.
More than four out of five reportedly expressed hope that the opposition camp will grow strong enough to counter the ruling LDP, with even three out of four voters who supported the LDP in proportional representation in the October race agreeing with this sentiment. While 65% said they wished there would be a change of government once in a while, 75% said such a scenario is unlikely in the foreseeable future.