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Trump’s Attacks on Mexico Benefit Presidential Hopeful López Obrador

LADB Article ID: 80216
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-02-22
By: Carlos Navarro

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the center-left politician who twice lost presidential elections by narrow margins, might have much better luck in the 2018 presidential contest, thanks in part to the policies of US President Donald Trump. López Obrador, a populist who gained a reputation for speaking his mind against the neoliberal economic model and the corruption of the governing party, started to climb rapidly in the public opinion polls in late January and February of this year. López Obrador, who is president of the party Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena), is increasingly seen as the one person who could stand up to Trump. The US president has angered most Mexicans with his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his statements showing disrespect for Mexico. López Obrador was far ahead in a recent poll conducted by SDP Noticias, but other public opinion surveys show a closer race between the Morena candidate and Margarita Zavala, a former federal deputy and first lady who is a member of the conservative Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). The SDP Noticias poll had López Obrador leading with almost 43% of support; Zavala, who is the wife of former President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), followed with about 19%. Another poll, taken by the respected polling organization Consulta Mitofsky and published in the daily business newspaper El Economista, showed López Obrador with almost 26% of preferences. Zavala followed with about 24% support.

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