Fox's popularity falls below 50 percent
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) -- Mexican President Vicente Fox's
popularity rating fell below 50 percent for the first time since he took office
in 2000 dragged down by a recession, according to a January poll published on
Wednesday by Reforma newspaper.
In December 2000, when he came to power, Fox enjoyed an approval rating
percent, according to a Reforma poll, after he ousted the long-ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI).
His popularity rating in monthly Reforma polls came down gradually last
was in the high 50s in October and November, but moved back up to 61 percent in
December. It was 48 percent this month.
The poll published on Wednesday also said his disapproval rating was 46
January, its highest level ever, after a gradual rise from 4 percent in December
Mexicans were euphoric when Fox came to power. The economy was booming
and people felt optimistic that a new party would bring change to Mexico.
But now the economy is in recession, dragged down by the slump in the United
States, which buys some 85 percent of Mexico's exports and Fox last year suffered
set backs in his tax reform plan.
The poll showed 21 percent feel the country is on the right path, down
percent when Fox took office.
The latest Reforma poll was a telephone survey of 850 people throughout
country. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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