U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico

Pew Research, April 29, 2013

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico, the United States is enjoying a resurgence of good will among the Mexican public, with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama.

A national opinion survey of Mexico by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 4-17 among 1,000 adults, finds that roughly two-thirds (66%) of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S.–up from 56% a year ago and dramatically higher than it was following the passage of Arizona’s restrictive immigration law in 2010, when favorable Mexican attitudes toward the United States slipped to 44%.

Obama also receives higher ratings than he did in recent years. About half (49%) of Mexicans express confidence in the American president to do the right thing when it comes to world affairs, compared with 42% who said the same in 2012 and 38% in 2011. Still, Mexicans’ confidence in Obama has yet to return to the level in his first days in office in 2009, when 55% gave him a high rating.

Mexicans are also now more of the view that the U.S. takes their country’s interests into account when deciding international policy. About half (51%) say Washington considers their country’s interests, while 45% say it does not. In 2012, opinion leaned in the opposite direction – 56% said the U.S. did not consider Mexico’s interests, compared with 40% who said it did.


Views on immigration

More than 11 million Mexicans live in the U.S., including about 6 million who are in the country illegally.1 Mexicans are divided on whether this is good or bad for their country; 44% say it is good for Mexico that many of its citizens live in the U.S., and an equal share say this is bad for Mexico.

About six-in-ten Mexicans (61%) say they would not move to the U.S. even if they had the means and opportunity to do so. However, a sizable minority (35%) say they would move to the U.S. if they could, including 20% who say they would emigrate without authorization.

Mexicans are less likely than they were a year ago to say that people from their country who move to the U.S. have a better life there; 47% say life is better in the U.S., compared with 53% in 2012. About one-in-five (18%) say Mexicans have a worse life in the U.S., while 29% say it is neither better nor worse. However, among those who have close friends or relatives living in the U.S., 70% say these friends or relatives have achieved their goals, while just 25% believe they have been disappointed.

Three-in-ten Mexicans say they personally know someone who went to the U.S. but returned to Mexico because the person could not find work. About a quarter (27%) know someone who has been deported or detained by the U.S. government for immigration reasons in the last 12 months.


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  • Katherine McChesney

    All in time for Cinco de Mayo. Another drunken holiday.

  • The__Bobster

    I don’t want our image to “rebound”. I want the stubbies to think America is a terrible place to invade.

  • The__Bobster

    with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama

    Of course! Obongo just gave them America, with all the possible benefits that the gringos can bestow on them.

    • evilsandmich

      Reminds me of when our Chinese exchange student remarked that Obama was popular in China. I said that of course he should be, because he’d good for China; he’s not so good for the country that he’s actually in charge of.

  • The__Bobster


    Excerpts from press coverage of the acquittal of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 15, 2014:

    Washington Post: Former McCain and Rubio ally Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—or, as the Senator has insisted upon being called since his dramatic recantation of his foreign policy and immigration views, “The Divine Miss G”—remains a controversial voice upraised against the Beltway consensus he once embodied. Sen. Graham claimed, “It makes no more sense to invade Christian South Ossetia, much less Ingushetia and Iran, for something that Muslim Chechen terrorists from Dagestan did than it did to invade Iraq because of something some Saudis did.”

    As the South Carolinian has repeatedly asked since leaving the former Gang of Eight to found the Cotillion of One, “And why are people still talking about amnesty for the ‘poor undocumented workers condemned to living in the shadows?’ Doesn’t anybody understand that ‘living in the shadows’ was just my metaphor for me?

  • dogbone

    “Mexicans think more highly of America because what used to be “America” is becoming another Mexico in parts.”

    Once the USA becomes another Mexico, the Mexicans will start to invade Canada and claim it was part of the Aztec empire.

  • John R

    When people from foreign countries start thinking that your country’s Commander in Chief supports them, as opposed to the country that elected him, you had better start worrying. I don’t personally give a f%$^ if people in France, Mexico, China, or whatever like my president! He is not supposed to be considering the interests of the people of those countries. He was elected to represent the United States of America. How do most AMERICANS view his policies? That is all that counts.

    • evilsandmich

      New poll: How many Mexicans care what Americans think of their country.

  • fakeemail

    Oh goody, we have the Mexican public’s “goodwill.” They feel more comfortable than ever invading us and screwing us over. What madness. Virtually everything Mexico has is a result of lucking out and being neighbor to the (once) greatest country of all time. And it’s the US who has to curry favor for their good will? It’s a sad spectacle to see a superior giving away his life to a parasite so he can be “approved” of by said parasite.

    Has Mexico *ever* done anything to earn the goodwill of the (real) American people? Cripes, those ingrates always vote the opposite of the US in the worthless UN.

  • If this were a relevant poll, the title would read: Americans still hate Mexico.

  • Bobby

    Hahahaha………the utter and complete STUPIDNESS OF MANY WHITES. Mexico has been playing this game with the U.S. for as long as Mexico has existed. The poor, Mexicans, always in the shadow and under the thumb of mean-spirited whitey, gringo,etc. They play so many whites like a well tuned fiddle. It’s tragic on an individual basis, fooling whitey. On a national level, it’s utter disaster for Americans. To understand the relationship of many Mexicans who “work for whitey”, I recommend the movie, TEA HOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, which isn’t about Mexicans, but shows the occupied Japanese playing the same game with dumb whitey who thinks he’s controling them. Sure, it’s funny.Watching someone get fooled often is, until its you!! As a buddy of mine who is a fireman used to say, I’ wouldn’t give him the sweat off my ……….. Guess the answer.

  • LHathaway

    Mexican’s are afraid of being called ‘racists’ too. Have to be prepared for possible life in the USA and the worlds number one job: kowtowing to blacks.

    • The__Bobster

      Since when? Their leaders openly say they want Whites to die off.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    Hmm…I wonder what Mexico’s approval rating would be if white Americans did the exact same thing the illegal Mexicans are doing to us. Methinks not so high. I wouldn’t even rule out a war. Some countries have balls at least. Mexico may be a crap hole but at least it understands the word “no” and enforces it.

  • mobilebay

    What a relief! I’ve been so worried about what Mexicans think of us. I can rest now that I know we have their approval.

  • William Allingham

    some people who visits Latin America fall into the illussion that people there are more expressive and seem to be “happier” but the fact is that those are just signs of superficiality, Latin Americans are very superficial people: for them appearances are everything with no substance, when you deal with a more introspective, modest white you know you are dealing with a real human being and not just with an over-expressive almost invasive facade.

    also as it happens in nature, the more sophisticated the system: the more subtle it manifests, so in plainer words, Latin Americans are so expressive and noisy because they are more primitive in their ways.

    So please stop saying that Latin Americans are more “social” or more cheerful, everyone is loving with their own but usually the Latino men who exaggerates his treatment and praise to women is unable to achieve real, mature, intimacy with her and more likely will end up beating her. and in mexico if your friend steals something from you or sleeps with your wife its not reason enough for ending the relationship because if you are a mexican its very likely that you have done the same to other friends or family (the aztecs were polygamous anyway).

    the coca cola company some years ago started a campaign with the slogan “this is the truth” but they got puzzled when in mexico it wasnt working. They made a sociological study and discovered that mexicans think abouth the truth as something bad, so in their primitive minds if somethig is true it must be bad, no wonder why Octavio Paz says that mexicans lie always about everything and that “its useless to denounce it”.

    • Some people who visit Latin America fall into the illusion that people
      there are more expressive and seem to be “happier” but the fact is that
      those are just signs of superficiality…

      I consider this kind of mass “happiness” to be a bug, not a feature. People who were happy with life and always cheerful and content didn’t create the modern world and all the things necessary to take humanity from marginal primate-like hunter/gatherers to the space age. Think of any given prominent inventor, innovator, scientist, &c past or present, and you will behold a fundamentally unhappy person. Would we have wanted Thomas Edison to have been happy all the time?