MEXICOCITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s approval rating stands at 78 percent, an opinion poll showed on Monday, adding to evidence that the veteran leftist has started his term with a strong popular mandate.
The figure in newspaper El Financiero was down from the 86 percent rating published in a poll on Feb. 7. But it was a percentage point higher than the newspaper’s first gauge of his popularity after assuming the presidency on Dec. 1.
Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor, won election by a landslide last July, pledging to end corruption, reduce violence, fight inequality and boost economic growth.
Since taking office, he has launched a crackdown on rampant fuel theft, rolled out welfare programs and vowed to inject $3.9 billion into ailing state oil company Pemex.
However, a number of forecasters recently cut their Mexican growth projections for 2019, after economic expansion slowed to 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter.
Rating agency Standard & Poor’s lowered its outlook for Mexico to negative from stable on Friday, citing concerns of sluggish growth and mounting liabilities.
The El Financiero survey, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, was based on a poll of 1,000 people between Feb. 22 and 25, conducted at homes and by phone.
A survey published on Feb. 28 by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed Lopez Obrador’s approval rating at 67.1 percent, up from 62.7 percent in a previous poll.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Susan Thomas)