Polls Belie Major Political Successes

MEXICO - Report 20 Mar 2015 by Guillermo Valdes and Esteban Manteca

Executive Summary

President Enrique Peña Nieto and his administration have scored some major successes in recent weeks, such as intercepting top crime bosses, indirectly confronting a couple of the country’s most powerful monopolies and uncovering a major case of corruption. But according to the President’s approval ratings, the public appears underwhelmed, a critical weakness that could be a harbinger of governability problems to come.

Four main problems underpin the stubbornly weak poll numbers, including two that may not be entirely the responsibility of current of...

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