Corruption in Mexico Corruption in Mexico: perceptions are that it was slightly worse last year than in 2013.

89% believe that corruption is frequent

Study finds police perceived as the most corrupt institution

A new survey reveals that corruption is the second biggest issue for Mexicans after violence and insecurity.

A study by the national statistics institute, Inegi, found that more than 90% felt that corruption was a frequent practice; 87.2% to 90.4% believed it was frequent or very frequent, an average of 88.8%, a percentage that was up from 88.3% in 2013.

The 2015 National Survey on Governmental Quality and Impact found that corruption was followed by unemployment and poverty as important issues among the population.

The police — at all levels — were perceived as the most corrupt institution: 89.8% of those polled believed it was frequent or very frequent among their ranks.

Political parties were considered corrupt by 88.6%, and the federal government, 81.8%.

State governments ranked slightly lower, at 81.6%, while the federal Congress was considered to be corrupt by 80.8% of respondents.

Inegi found as well that the number of people who had experienced some form of corruption was up 4% to 12,590 per 100,000 population.

States with the highest rates of corruption were Morelos, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Michoacán, Hidalgo and Jalisco. At the other end of the scale were Zacatecas, Veracruz, Nayarit, Nuevo León and Guanajuato.

Despite widespread and high levels of concern about corruption, Congress decided to delay discussion of the National Anti-Corruption System, over the objections of many, until June after having set a May deadline.

The influential association of Mexican business owners, Coparmex, warned earlier this month that its concerns would be presented before the Business and Industry Advisory Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Source: Reforma (sp), El Sol de México (sp)

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