This Cabinet, this prime minister, this party... es finito, Francisco.
Support for the Cabinet, in blue, according to this morning's Yomiuri Shimbun:
Support for the Cabinet, in red, according to the Asahi Shimbun:
19.7% supporting the Cabinet in the poll conducted by the loyalist Yomiuri. 72.4% opposed.
14% support in the Asahi poll. 73% opposed.
This is beyond ugly.
The Asahi finds an unprecendented 42% vs. 22% split in proportional vote preference in between the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party. The Yomiuri finds a similar 40% versus 26% split.
Heck, that is not a split -- that is a gulf. The DPJ has creamed the LDP in past elections when the polls just prior to election day had the LDP still slightly ahead. What kind of Amaterasu-awful thrashing is the LDP going to suffer in the next electoral clash?
As I told to Okumura Jun a few weeks ago, you can be dead certain that DPJ Leader Ozawa Ichirō is going to dump party rules and start putting receptionists, drivers --heck, anything in DPJ headquarters and offices with a pulse -- on the proportional candidate lists.
In a result that gives all persons resembling horned toads a reason to beam, the Yomiuri poll find an astonishing 40% of the populace thinking the little-loved Ozawa should be prime minister, while only 24% believe Asō Tarō should be.
Mere words cannot describe how bad these numbers are.
Might as well let the fat boy sing about it - about the cruel fate of the clown whose show must go on.