Since Trump’s Election, Mexican President’s Approval Rating at a New Low

Matthew Hrozencik | November 21, 2016 | 5:18pm EST
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meets with U.S. presidential  nominee Donald Trump in Mexico City on Aug. 31, 2016. (AP photo)

( – A survey released on Sunday shows that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval rating has fallen from 29 percent in July to 25 percent since President-elect Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency on November 8th.

That's his lowest approval rating since the Mexican president was elected in 2012.

“Although we still do not know the effects of the presidency of Trump for Mexico…these events have Peña Nieto at the lowest point since he began his government,” the survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo for the newspaper El Universal reported.

The survey, which polled 1,000 Mexican citizens, revealed that two thirds (66%) are dissatisfied with Peña Nieto’s performance, due in part to his invitation to Trump to visit Mexico for a series of talks during the campaign.

Seven percent said that Peña Nieto’s meeting with Trump was the “worst thing” the Mexican president had ever done.

When those surveyed were asked if they believed President Peña Nieto was wrong to meet with Trump because he offended Mexicans during his election campaign, 66 percent responded that he was, compared to only 30 percent of those surveyed who believe that his meeting with Trump helped further the interests of the Mexican people.

Much of the backlash against Trump began at a campaign rally on July 16, 2015 when he said that “when Mexico sends it people, they're not sending their best….They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump has also pledged to build a wall across the U.S.–Mexican border, and has stated on numerous occasions that he would have Mexico pay for it. The Washington Post reported that the wall could potentially cost anywhere between $15 billion and $25 billion.

"At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump, I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Peña Nieto said in a tweet after his meeting with Trump in August.

Peña Nieto was elected president of Mexico four years ago as a member of the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI), a centrist political party, succeeding Felipe Calderon, who told CNBC in February that the Mexican people “are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall.”

Peña Nieto’s six-year term will conclude in November 2018 as Mexican law bars the president from seeking reelection.

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