The support rate for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet fell to below 30 percent, surveys by local newspapers showed Tuesday.
According to a poll conducted by major daily the Yomiuri Shimbun, the approval rating of Abe's Cabinet dropped 11.1 percentage points from June to 27.2 percent. Meanwhile, disapproval rating rose to 63.7 percent.
A survey by the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper released Monday showed similar results. Support rate and disapproval rating were 22 percent and 65 percent respectively. The support rate for Abe's administration has been falling since its birth in September 2006.
The polls were the latest following a crushing defeat of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the House of Councilors election held on July 29. Both polls showed that more than half of respondents said they did not believe the Cabinet will perform well in future.
In contrast, major opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) received more support from the public after the election, as the poll showed. Support rate for DPJ rose to 26.9 percent and 33 percent respectively in Yomiuri and Mainichi's survey, while that for the LDP dropped below the DPJ.
In the upper house election, the DPJ succeeded to win 60 seats, compared with 37 seats won by the LDP. The DPJ, therefore, becomes the largest party in the 242-seat House of Councilors with 109 seats, the first time for an opposition party to do so since 1955.
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