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Trump Causing Negative US Perception to Spread like Wildfire in Mexico

Following repeated threats to build a border wall and scrap NAFTA, research shows that an increasing amount of Mexicans are becoming embittered with the United States and its President, Donald Trump.

Nearly two-thirds of Mexicans now have a negative opinion of the US, more than double the proportion of two years ago, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

Pew surveyed 37 countries for the report, but nowhere did it find perceptions of America change more quickly than in Mexico.

Today barely 5% of Mexicans seem to believe that President Trump would do something good for the world, with 94% of respondents criticizing his plans to build the wall.

Trump’s cracked down on undocumented immigrants, many of whom are Mexicans, could also have contributed to the negative opinion, says Pew.

Mexicans are not much happier with their country’s economic ties to the US either, with the research firm finding only 55% of Mexicans in favor of the trade agreements with their northern neighbor.

Despite the negative shift in opinion, there has been a surge in the number of Mexicans who believe that they would be better off if they move to the US.

In the survey, one third of Mexicans said they would move to the US if given the opportunity. However, Mexicans express less of a willingness to live and work in the US without authorization than they did in 2015, with only 13% saying that they would, down from 20% two years ago.

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Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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