Mexico City, Mexico — As the one-year mark passes for Donald Trump being America’s president, a new study shows that his popularity among the Mexican people has plummeted.
Data from the Latinobarómetro 2017 study reveals that the once favorable opinion that Mexicans had toward the United States has fallen from 77 percent to 48 percent since Trump took office.
It is now one year since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Throughout that year, the image of the country has worsened notably in Mexico as well as the image of the American president.
According to the data, the unfavorable opinion toward the country has increased from 15 percent to 52 percent. Mexico is the Latin American country with the most dramatic fall in opinion of the United States followed by Paraguay.
In Paraguay, public opinion of the United States fell 17 points since Trump took office.
The deterioration of the image of the United States in Mexico reflects Trump’s hostile discourse toward the Mexican people since his campaign as candidate for the Republican candidacy, which he maintained during his presidential campaign.
Although more recently it may also impact the continued reference to the border wall and the rhetoric that has accompanied the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
According to Latinobarómetro, Mexicans score Trump’s presidency qualifications as 1.6 out of 10, the lowest score of any American President. Barack Obama was given a score of 7 out of 10 during his first year in the White House.
In Mexico, there is a growing opinion that bilateral relations are strained with 70 percent of Mexicans saying that relationship is bad or very bad resulting in the score falling from 76 to 35 percent during the last year.
The study also found that opinions about the relations between Mexico and the United States are unfavorable, rising from 15 percent to 61 percent during the first year of Donald Trump’s term. The American president has generated a negative image of both his country and himself in Latin America, and particularly in Mexico.
Since becoming president Trump has talked about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants to Mexico and building a wall, a threat he also voiced in Doonbeg, Ireland in 2016.
However, conflicts between Trump and Mexico have been ongoing for more than a decade with failed business ventures including condominium projects in both Tijuana, Baja California and Cozumel, Quintana Roo. He has also had personal battles with Mexican businessmen over his Miss Universe pageant that resulted in a Trump-initiated lawsuit being lost to a Mexican businessman in a New York court.