Monday, December 1, 2014

On his second anniversary, Enrique Peña Nieto hits rock bottom in Mexican polls

EPN has the lowest favorable rating for a president since 1995

Guadalajara -
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who was sworn in two years ago today as the first Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) chief executive since 2000, has posted his lowest approval rates since taking office and the lowest in the nation since almost two decades ago, according to survey results published today by two major media sources.

Mexico City's respected El Universal newspaper reported that a survey it commissioned last month showed the president with a 41% approval rate, while 50% disapproved of the job being done by his PRI administration.

One year ago 50% of those surveyed had a favorable view of Peña Nieto, while 37% did not.

El Universal's survey, administered by a private pollster, included a thousand persons over 18 who held voter credentials. They were interviewed between Nov. 8 and 12.

Of those with an unfavorable view of the administration, 10% referred to the case of 43 students kidnapped and executed in Guerrero state on Sept. 26 when pressed for an explanation.

More than half of respondents - 54% - said Peña Nieto's government is in its worst moment, while 22% said its best. About 52% believe Mexico is "headed down the wrong road."

When asked if the nation was better off since Peña Nieto took office, 50% said no, 30% said yes and 22% said nothing has changed.

About 40% of survey respondents reported that their families are in a more difficult situation today than before Dec. 1, 2012, while 29% said they were better off and 30% said nothing has changed.

Only 36% of those surveyed said they have confidence in the president, compared with 59% when Peña Nieto was on the campaign trail in 2012.

Mexican media company Grupo Reforma gave Peña Nieto even worse grades based upon its own survey, which found that 58% of Mexicans disapprove of his policies while only 39% support them. Publishers said that when the new administration took the reins from former National Action Party president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa two years ago, Peña Nieto enjoyed an approval rate of 61%, with a 31% negative rating.

Grupo Reforma reported that the president's popularity level is the worst in 19 years. Only days after taking office on Dec. 1, 1994, the administration of former PRI president Ernesto Zedillo found itself in a severe economic crisis, which led to a massive devaluation of the peso. Zedillo's poll numbers plummeted and his political reputation was left in tatters. He now teaches economics and business at Yale.

President Peña Nieto's approval rate has fallen to levels not seen since 1995 and 1996, during that administration, according to Grupo Reforma. Its survey of 1,020 adults was conducted Nov. 20-23.

Nov. 27 - Enriqe Peña Nieto offers new security plan for Mexico
Dec. 2 - Peña Nieto sends proposed constitutional amendments to Mexico's Congress

Dec. 1, 2012 - EPN takes oath of office before Mexico's Congress, but not everyone was applauding
Nov. 30, 2012 - Enrique Peña Nieto takes the helm in Mexico City

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