One of the reasons that the Kishida Cabinet saw an 8-point drop in its support rate in the nationwide Yomiuri telephone-based poll conducted on Aug. 5–7 is because of the drop in backing from those age 60 and over.
By age group, the Cabinet support rate among those age 60 and over dropped by 16 percentage points from the previous poll [conducted on July 11–12] to reach 58%. Meanwhile, support among those age 18 to 39 dropped two points to hit 52% and backing among those age 40 to 59 dropped 4 points to reach 59%.
Views on the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo differed greatly by age group. Among the 60-and-over age group, 54% said they do not approve of holding a state funeral, exceeding the 40% who said they do. Among those aged 18 to 39, there was a greater gap, with 65% approving and only 28% not. Meanwhile, those aged 40 to 59 were split with 46% backing the plan to hold a state funeral and 50% not.
Turning to the government’s handling of the rise in commodity prices, there was a 5-point rise, from 64% to 69%, in the percentage of those age 60 and over who disapprove of the government efforts from the June poll (taken on June 22–23) when the same question was asked. In contrast, the views among the 18-to-39 age group moved in the opposite direction, decreasing from 78% in the June poll to 68% in the August poll. Little change was seen among those in the 40-to-59 age group, which increased by only 1 point from 76% to 77%.
Regardless of age group, there was increased dissatisfaction among pollees with the government’s handling of COVID-19 and the ties between the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (former Unification Church) and politics. This combined with the harsh view taken by respondents in the 60-and-over age group of the handling of the state funeral and the rise in commodity prices can be said to have led to the drop in the support rate.