The Week in Review: 4/16/2012

April 16, 2012

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 4/16/2012

The PAN’s Josefina Vázquez Mota seeks to solidify party unity by expanding her campaign team, while the PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto gets more specific on security policy and the PRD’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador reassures business leaders. Read the rest of this entry »


The Week in Review: 10/17/2011

October 17, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 10/17/2011

López Obrador

Candidates have begun to specify their policy agendas: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) unveiled his security, economic, and social philosophy in Washington, DC at the Mexico Institute this week, Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) released a ten-point economic plan; and President Felipe Calderón (PAN) made controversial statements to the press about security. Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) will speak at a Mexico Institute and Inter-American Dialogue event on Friday, October 21st, and several prominent politicians and academics advocated forming a coalition government after the 2012 elections to end Mexico’s political gridlock. Read the rest of this entry »

The Week in Review: 9/19/2011

September 19, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 9/19/2011

The PAN candidates have agreed to a debate, as PRD contender and Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announces a cabinet shuffle and PRI frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto’s successor is sworn in in the State of Mexico. The IFE determined its electoral calendar for the upcoming year. Read the rest of this entry »

8/2/2011: Two new polls reflect new trends in the electoral cycle (Reforma data)

August 2, 2011

By Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute, 8/2/2011

Reforma’s two new polls present an interesting picture of where Mexico is today and where it may be headed in the next election cycle.

  • In the first poll (below), the growing optimism in the economy and direction of the country and the approval of President Calderon is remarkable.  These are not Lula numbers, of course, but they are surprisingly positive after all that Mexico has been through with the twin blows of the economic crisis and the rising violence, which had severely undermined Calderon’s approval.  Undoubtedly these numbers reflect, above all, the recovery of the economy, which has been growing at 4-5%, as well as the partial leveling-out of the violence (it is, actually, still increasing, but much, much more slowly than before).  Whether these trends hold will almost certainly affect Mexicans’ level of optimism going into the elections next year. Read the rest of this entry »