The government led by prime minister Yoshihiko Noda reached a new high in terms of popular disapproval, at 63 percent, according to a poll released by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo Corp.
Approval for Noda’s government was of just 28 percent, 5 percentage points lower than in June. Noda’s party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), is supported by only 18 percent of the public, 8 percentage points less than the previous month.
The opposition does not feel much better, with support for the Liberal Democratic Party improving only 1 percentage point, at 27 percent.
The new party formed by Ichiro Ozawa, who left the DPJ, received only 1 percent public support according to the poll, which was conducted from Friday through Sunday.
Prime minister Noda’s policies are highly controversial, especially the decision of restarting nuclear reactors in Japan and raising the sales tax, a measure seen as an essential step in the efforts of tackling the country’s huge public debt.