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.
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.