The Japanese public is clearly dissatisfied with how their government has responded to the March 2011 crisis. Six-in-ten say they disapprove of how Tokyo has handled the overall recovery from the earthquake and tsunami; only 37% voice approval.

Japanese citizens are especially frustrated with the government’s handling of the situation at the heavily-damaged Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant: 80% disapprove of Tokyo’s response, while just 17% approve.

Dissatisfaction with the government’s approach has grown since last spring, when reports first surfaced concerning radiation leaks at Fukushima. Then, a quarter approved of the government’s actions and 69% disapproved. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.