Poll: Mexicans' View of United States Hits Record Low
In a stunning reversal, a 65 percent majority of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States, compared to 66 percent holding a favorable view in 2015, according to new public opinion research from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Buendia & Laredo, and the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute.
In a stunning reversal, a 65 percent majority of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States, compared to 66 percent holding a favorable view in 2015, according to new public opinion research from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Buendia & Laredo, and the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. This survey, taken near the end of Donald Trump's first year in office, marks the first time in two decades that a majority of Mexicans hold an unfavorable view of the United States.
Ahead of the next round of NAFTA negotiations, people in both the United States and Mexico believe NAFTA has been good for their respective economies – although a majority of Mexicans (75 percent) view the United States as an unfair trader. In addition, a majority of Mexicans (61 percent) say bilateral relations are worsening and believe the United States is working at odds with Mexico on key issues including security, trade, organized crime, and illegal drugs.
The report, "For First Time, Majority of Mexicans Hold Unfavorable View of United States," surveyed residents of Mexico and the United States on these issues.
Key highlights from the survey include:
• Two in three Mexicans (65 percent) express an unfavorable view of the United States, while just three in ten (30 percent) have a favorable view, a stunning reversal from 2015 when two in three (66 percent) had a favorable view and three in ten (29 percent) had unfavorable views.
• Among the Mexicans that know or have heard of President Trump (85 percent), the vast majority (89 percent) have a negative opinion of him.
• While NAFTA negotiations are still ongoing, majorities of both Mexicans (62 percent) and Americans (53 percent) continue to see NAFTA as good for their nations’ economies.
• Mexicans and Americans alike are also broadly favorable towards international trade, with majorities saying it benefits their nations’ economies (72 percent each), benefits consumers like them (69 percent Mexicans, 78 percent Americans), and is good for job creation (77 percent Mexicans, 57 percent Americans)
• However, three in four Mexicans (75 percent) say the United States is an unfair trade partner, while two in ten (20 percent) think U.S. trade is fair. Americans, for their part, are divided on whether Mexico is a fair (47 percent) or unfair (46 percent) training partner.
"For First Time, Majority of Mexicans Hold Unfavorable View of United States" was written by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Buendia & Laredo and conducted with support from the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute.
The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute. Read more