Enrique Peña Nieto’s Poll Numbers

Like its neighbor to the north, Mexico is facing a presidential election this year as well. Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI is currently in the lead with 42%  (to PAN candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota’s 20.8%, up from 17% in September and Manuel López Obrador’s 17.2%, up 1% from November). Peña Nieto numbers have dropped from 44.6% support in November. Of course, when you can’t name a single book that has influenced you beyond the Bible,  you don’t know the minimum wage or price of tortillas in your own country, you attempt to speak Nahuatl (Mexico’s largest indigenous language) and end up saying “many tortillas” instead of “thank you,” and you’re running on an anti-corruption platform even while your party’s president steps down over allegations of corruption, then a 42% approval rating is pretty impressive and suggests Mexico is (at least temporarily) willing to re-consider the PRI after a 12-year hiatus (though the election is still six and a half months off).

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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