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