3/6/2019 – The Washington Post
By Adam Taylor
President Trump is known for his negative remarks about Mexico — suggesting that the country has a“massive crime problem,” making moot the possibility that he may need to send U.S. troops across the border to fight “bad hombres,” linking Mexican immigrants to rape and much, much more.
But a new poll suggests that Mexicans may be doing the impossible: ignoring Trump’s remarks. And, more surprisingly, it appears that the man behind this public shift may be an outspoken leftist — one who also happens to be Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The survey data comes from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which partnered with the Mexican survey firm Buendía & Laredo to compare public opinion in Mexico and the United States about the bilateral relationship in the Trump era. It shows that though things appeared to hit a nadir in 2017, the Mexican public’s views of the United States dramatically improved after López Obrador won the presidential election on July 1.