Mexican president's ratings slump as outrage grows over missing student teachers

Popularity ratings for Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto have slumped to some of the lowest levels in recent memory amid increasing public anger over violence and corruption.

Nine months after he appeared on the cover of Time magazine under the headline “Saving Mexico”, Enrique Peña Nieto is facing growing pressure over the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 student teachers, and a conflict-of-interest scandal involving his wife and a multi-million dollar mansion.

On the second anniversary of his inauguration, the political crisis triggered by the students’ disappearance has seen President Peña Nieto’s approval ratings plunge to 39%, according to a poll published on Monday by the newspaper Reforma, while disapproval has risen to 58%. Among “opinion leaders”, the proportion was 21% to 79%.

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