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In Mexico, Latam second largest economy over half the are catalogued as poor

Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 05:49 UTC
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Last year 53.3 million our of 117.3m Mexicans were poor and 11.5 million lived in extreme poverty Last year 53.3 million our of 117.3m Mexicans were poor and 11.5 million lived in extreme poverty

Poverty in Mexico, including extreme cases, decreased slightly between 2010 and 2012, reported the National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policy. Official stats show that poverty in Mexico, Latam’ second largest economy went from 46.1% of the population in 2010 to 45.5% in 2012, while extreme poverty fell from 11.3% to 9.8%.

However, due to the population change in this period the number of poor Mexicans has increased by a staggering 500,000 people. This figure was at 52.8 million in 2010 and then rose to 53.3 million in 2012. In 2010 it was estimated that there were 114.5 million people in the country, while in 2012 the population was 117.3 million.

The executive secretary of the council, Gonzalo Hernandez, said at a press conference that in the case of extreme poverty, the number of people in that condition fell from 13 million in 2010 to 11.5 million in 2012.

For several years the agency adjusted its methodology for measuring poverty and is now not only considering income but also access to public services like education, health, social security, housing and food.

Hernández said the increase in the total number of poor Mexicans grew because people with low incomes had less access to the health services. He noted that in the case of extreme poverty the decline is due to less social deprivation. This is, in part, thanks to the implementation of social programs.

However despite the high rate of violence and the more than 50 million poor, 52% of Mexicans approve of the president Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a survey published in the newspaper Reforma.

Peña Nieto’s approval rating of 52% is slightly above the 50% he had last April, while his average rating is at 6.3 on a scale of 0 to 10, the same as it was in the previous poll.

The survey of 834 opinion leaders said Peña Nieto’s received 67% support, 11 points less than in April, and a rating of 6.5, also below what he obtained in the previous survey (7.1).

The Mexican president’s performance, who took office on December 1 last year, received unfavourable opinions among citizens on corruption (51%), employment (47%), economics (43%) and poverty (42%), while the favourable addressed areas such as health (54%) and education (49%).

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  • Stevie

    Is this why the PA is the way forward for SA?

    Drug production and export.
    Brand the native population as terrorists.
    50% poverty...

    Welcome to Mercosur, Ecuador, although I agree with Correa we should probably merge Mercosur and Unasur.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:08 am 0
  • JoseAngeldeMonterrey

    The Mexican institute of informacion, INEGI and the CONEVAL, are not controlled by the Mexican authorities and they do adhere to international standards to define “poverty” or “middle-class” that are used in Canada and The United States and Europe.
    That´s why while in Brazil or Argentina a person without a car and without a bank account and earning some 300 or 400 usdollars a month is defined as “middle-class”, the same person is defined as “poor” in Mexico.
    That pretty much explains why the “middle-classes” in Mexico never take it to the streets in massive protests when the bus fares are increased, because a middle-class in Mexico has a car and does not need to use public transportation or public health or free education.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:22 am 0
  • Stevie

    Of course, and in reality, some 3000 Argentines are shot to death every month in drug related crimes... and some 5000 Brasilians.

    It's all a conspiracy really.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 07:25 am 0
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