Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Unpopular leaders

President Enrique Peña Nieto's popularity in Mexico is almost as low as the US president's.

Mexican Leader’s Approval Ratings Fall Amid Economic Concerns
The positive image that President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico once enjoyed is fading, and his efforts at economic change are unpopular, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Only 37 percent of Mexicans approved of how Mr. Peña Nieto is handling the economy and 60 percent disapproved. Sixty percent also described the Mexican economy as bad…

U.S. and Mexican presidents
Eight in 10 Mexicans said poor quality schools were a big problem… However, 55 percent of Mexicans approved of Mr. Peña Nieto’s handling of education…

More than half of those surveyed also admired how Mr. Peña Nieto has been dealing with organized crime and drug traffickers…

Mexicans were closely split in their overall view of Mr. Peña Nieto: 51 percent had a favorable opinion and 48 percent were unfavorable.
Older Mexicans, those living in rural areas and residents of the central region (which includes Mexico City) tended to be more positive about him.
Members of Mr. Peña Nieto’s party, Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which dominated Mexican politics for decades, are strong supporters of the president and more than 80 percent had a favorable view…

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