This March 10, one hundred days have passed since the assumption of office by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). His arrival at the Palace of Los Pinos on December 1 was a revulsion in the politics of a country that had been alternating between the two main parties for over thirty years.
AMLO came to the elections, for the third time, with a speech focused mainly on the adoption of new social measures to help overcome the inequality that reigns in the country, as well as a battery of measures that promised to end corruption in all the scales.
After his first hundred days in office, a study published this week by 'El Financiero' says that AMLO has a 78 per cent approval, the best data of a Mexican president in the last 30 years for this period.
Fifty-two per cent of those who valued the president says they approve him for what he has done to date, while 47 per cent supports him for what they expect him to do. By areas, among the best evaluated is the fight against crime and insecurity, with 58 per cent favourable opinions and 22 per cent unfavourable. The fight against corruption also generates 58 per cent positive opinion, while the management of the economy stands at 53 per cent; the fight against poverty, in 51 per cent, and foreign policy, in 45 per cent.
Among the government actions best evaluated is the reduction of salaries of employees and officials, with 79 per cent favourable opinion or the morning conferences that capture a73 per cent positive and the creation of the National Guard, with 64 per cent of support for. On the contrary, removing resources from children's stays generated a majority negative opinion of 56 per cent.
In perceptions of success, the most notable is the fight against huachicoleo, fuel theft, with 80 per cent positive opinion. The sale of the presidential plane, still pending, generates 58 per cent favourable opinion; the patrimonial declarations of the civil employees, 55 percent; the construction of the Mayan Train, 50 percent, and the construction of the air tracks in Santa Lucia, 43 percent, with 41 percent expressing a negative opinion on that matter.
Among the least successful that people perceive are the investigations on the death of the governor of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso, who generate 29 per cent favourable opinion and 46 per cent unfavourable.
Despite the good data, its first three months have also been marked by controversy, as the first step as some of the most controversial. The most controversial, undoubtedly, has been the creation of the National Guard, followed by the decision to eliminate certain aid to daycare centres to deliver them directly to parents.
The National Guard is a controversial body that will fight against the drug gangs and organized crime that have the country in suspense. Despite having a majority in both houses, Morena, Lopez Obrador party, had to reach agreements with all the political forces to approve its creation, since it does not possess the two-thirds needed to make constitutional reforms. From the beginning, the proposal was strongly criticized by human rights organizations as it implies the militarization of the country. The body, which will have 50,000 troops from the military forces, will be subject to parliamentary control and is expected to enter fully into operation halfway through the presidency of López Obrador, in 2021. Despite the controversy, this measure, according to 'El Financiero', It has a 64 per cent social approval.
The so-called children's stays have stopped receiving subsidies, considering that many of them were managed by people who obtained benefits during the different governments of the PRI and the PAN. In return, AMLO has promised that the aid will go directly to the parents.
AMLO has made the same decision as with day care centres in shelters for battered women. In his opinion, these had also grown "as private services parallel to the government network" and the president considers that they should be under the protection of the Government, according to the Mexican newspaper 'Imparcial'. Therefore, the Mexican president has said that the federal government will continue to support with 300 million pesos (15 million dollars) about 70 shelters for women who have suffered violence. Despite criticism of the measure by some sectors that have accused the president of eliminating aid to battered women, AMLO has launched a national plan of emergency actions to stop violence against women in a country where each half of nine girls and women are killed, many of them just for the sake of being so, according to the National Institute of Women (Inmujeres).
López Obrador has almost six years in office, provided that half of the same the Mexicans reaffirm him through a referendum as he promised in the campaign. For the moment, the most social government of the last decades in Mexico is also being the most supported.