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EPN hits new low in latest opinion poll

Few thought his Casa Blanca apology was believable

A large majority of Mexicans do not approve of the president’s performance of his duties nor do they believe him.

A poll conducted by the newspaper Reforma found President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval rating has dropped further since the last survey, conducted in April. Seventy-four per cent of those polled disapprove of the manner in which the president is doing his job, the lowest rating of any president since the 1994-2000 administration of Ernesto Zedillo. Only 23% approve of his performance.

Peña Nieto earned a 50% approval rating near the beginning of his term in April 2013 and peaked at 52% three months later. It stayed above 44% until August when it began to slide.

His rating among community leaders — academics, politicians, business leaders and civil organizations — was even worse: 82% disapproved and just 18% approved.

The poll of individual citizens — 1,200 adults surveyed between August 4 and 7 — found that 76% believe the country is on the wrong track.

A majority of people believe that corruption, violence, poverty, the economic situation and public security have worsened. And their opinion regarding the manner in which Peña Nieto is handling a variety of themes, from health and education to organized crime and corruption is not favorable.

Health got the lowest unfavorable score at 50%. In every other theme the scores ran between 56% unfavorable — education — and 77% — combating corruption.

The president’s surprise apology July 18 for the Casa Blanca affair, in which it was revealed in 2014 that a government contractor had built a luxury family home for the president and his wife, didn’t do anything for Peña Nieto’s public standing.

Only 14% thought the apology was believable and an equal number thought it was sufficient. Only 20% felt he had abided by the law.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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