According to the polls conducted in June by media outlets, approval of the Kishida Fumio Cabinet was generally between 50% and 60%. While the surveys conducted in early June showed the Cabinet support rate up from the May surveys, the polls conducted after mid-June showed a decline. It seems that the recent rise in commodity prices due to high cost of resources and the depreciation of the yen has affected Kishida’s backing.
In the Nikkei opinion poll conducted on June 17–19, the cabinet approval rating was 60%. This is down 6 percentage points from the previous poll conducted in May and is a reversal from the rise in the support rate Kishida has enjoyed since February.
In the nationwide survey conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun on June 3–5, the approval rating was 64%. The Cabinet approval rating had increased in the past three polls since April. In the NHK survey conducted on June 10–12, backing for Kishida was 59%, the highest since the inauguration of the government in the autumn of 2021.
Although no direct comparison can be made because the polling methodologies differ, it seems Kishida’s support began to decline in the middle of June.
The approval rating found in the Kyodo News survey conducted on June 11–13 was 56.9%, down 4.6 points from the May poll. The Mainichi Shimbun survey conducted on June 18 showed a 5-point drop in the support rate, with backing coming in at 48%.
The joint survey taken by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) on June 18–19 also found Kishida’s backing at 63.7%, down 5.2 points.
The reason for the decline is thought to be the rise in commodity prices. In the Nikkei survey, 64% of respondents said that price increases are “unacceptable,” exceeding the 29% of pollees who said they deem it “acceptable.” A plurality of 69% of respondents said they “disapprove” of the measures taken by the government and ruling parties to address the high prices, while only 21% said they approve of the initiatives taken.