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Universidad del Valle de México Center for Public Opinion releases latest report on Mexico’s new President

Report shows that expectations are rising for Enrique Peña Nieto


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According to the latest study conducted by the Public Opinion Center at Universidad del Valle de México (UVM), 47% of respondents believe that the country will be better with the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. This response shows an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from July 2, when only 38% of the population responded favorably regarding Mr. Peña and his incoming administration.

Research by students and professors of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico also reveals that 51% of respondents agree that the Peña Nieto led government will create more jobs and 45% think he will do a better job than the current President.

By asking respondents about the strengths of the President Elect, 64% said he will have a good relationship with the governors and 62% believe he will have a good relationship with Congress. Based on these data, one can infer that Mexicans expect to see positive collaboration among branches of government. Moreover, 51% of the population believes that Peña Nieto will select a good cabinet.

When asked about the main challenges facing the next government, one in five respondents said that unions will be the main problem. 45 percent of respondents said they would like the new government to focus on addressing security problems, while the rest of the interviewees referred to issues such as job creation, economic development and education as their primary areas for improvement.

Among other findings, 49% noted that youth will have better opportunities for personal development, 4 of every 10 Mexicans believe that violence will decrease and 32% believe there will be a more transparent management of finances.

For the experts interviewed, the key factors for Enrique Peña Nieto to be successful are: the establishment of specific goals and clear objectives, the formation of a cabinet that leaves no doubt regarding honesty, defining priorities, development of public policy, professionalizing public services and creating of development zones with a specific approach for each region.

This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.