Poll: Calderón approval rating reaches all-time high

Calderón approval rating

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A Reforma nationwide poll published 6/1 gives President Calderón his highest approval rating since taking office at the end of 2006. Overall, 69% said they approved of his performance as President, while 25% disapproved. There are important regional differences: In the 10 northern states, his approval rating soared to 82%, while in the 7 central states it was just 53%. On a 10 point scale his average rating was 6.9, as compared to 6.8 last quarter and 6.7 one year ago. 

In terms of the handling of the flu crisis, 59% said the government did a good or very good job, compared to only 21% who said that it was a bad or very bad job. Health issues, in general, are the area where the government gets the highest marks.

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In answer to the open ended question, “What is the principal problem facing the country today,” respondents who gave economy-related answers (including unemployment and inflation, for example) surpassed for the first time in this government crime-related responses by a margin of 39 to 37%.  As regards Mexico’s economic situation, 43% said it had worsened in the past 12 months, while 13% said it had improved. As regards crime, 30% said it had worsened and 20% said it had improved over the same period.

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