Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Presidential popularity in Mexico and the USA

Pena Nieto's popularity numbers seem similar to Obama's. How do those rankings affect politics in each country?

Mexico president's approval plunges over scandals, missing students
Two years after assuming office, and as protesting Mexicans again took to the streets Monday, President Enrique Peña Nieto has the lowest approval rating of any Mexican chief executive in nearly two decades…

The survey, published Monday by the prominent Reforma newspaper, indicated Peña Nieto's popularity had fallen 11 percentage points in the last four months to an all-time low of 39%… Another poll in the newspaper El Universal showed a smaller plummet but still put the president's approval rating at 41%; it was nearly 70% when he was inaugurated.

Although opinion polls are notoriously unreliable in Mexico, the results seemed to jibe with a generalized air of anger in the country…

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