Poll: 93 per­cent of Mex­i­cans have ‘no con­fi­dence’ in Trump

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Mex­i­cans dis­like President Don­ald Trump. Mu­cho.

Ac­cord­ing to a new poll, just 5 per­cent of Mex­i­cans trust Trump’s judg­ment in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. That’s the Amer­i­can leader’s low­est rat­ing among cit­i­zens of more than three dozen na­tions polled ear­lier this year.

The sur­vey re­leased Thurs­day by the Pew Re­search Cen­ter said 93 per­cent of Mex­i­cans had “no con­fi­dence in the U.S. president to do the right thing re­gard­ing world af­fairs.”

The ap­proval south of the bor­der for Trump pales in com­par­i­son to for­mer President Barack Obama’s marks. Pew said he had the con­fi­dence of 49 per­cent of Mex­i­cans in its last sur­vey, slightly more than those who had no con­fi­dence in him. His low­est score was a 38 per­cent vote of con­fi­dence in 2011.

“Views in Mex­ico are pretty made up,” Mar­garet Vice, the cen­ter’s se­nior re­searcher and co-au­thor of the sur­vey, told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Trump’s crit­i­cism of Amer­ica’s neigh­bors has been far from sub­tle. He an­nounced his run for the White House in 2015 call­ing Mex­i­can im­mi­grants “crim­i­nals” and “rapists.” And a sig­na­ture is­sue in his cam­paign was the prom­ise that he would build a wall along the bor­der, and that Mex­ico would pay for it.

Mex­i­can President En­rique Pena Ni­eto has re­fused to foot the bill. An over­whelm­ing 94 per­cent of Mex­i­cans op­pose the wall, ac­cord­ing to the Pew poll.

For Mex­i­cans, neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes about Amer­ica go be­yond Trump. Nearly two in three now have a poor opinion of the United States, the high­est mark at any point in the past decade and a half. The num­ber has more than dou­bled in the last two years.

At a time when Trump has chan­neled Amer­i­can frus­tra­tions over U.S. trade re­la­tions with Mex­ico, Mex­i­cans have sim­i­lar feelings about the eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship. Slightly more than half now say such ties to the U.S. are good for their coun­try, down from 70 per­cent in 2013.

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