Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in Mexico: Findings from the 2012 Edition of Mexico, the Americas, and the World
Mexico, the Americas, and the World is a biannual public opinion survey conducted since 2004 on public opinion and foreign policy in Mexico and other Latin American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Survey topics include attitudes toward regional integration and free trade; supranational, national, and subnational identities; Mexico's role on the global stage and its means for achieving foreign policy objectives; evaluations of other countries and their leaders and citizens; immigration and migrants' rights; and Mexicans' contact with and interest in the outside world. This presentation will give an overview of some of the survey's key findings in 2012, among them:
• Mexicans believe in a "North American" model of integration in which capital and goods can move freely, but people must stay put.
• Many Mexicans are willing to allow foreign agents on Mexican soil in the war on drugs, and Mexican troops abroad in peace-keeping missions.
• They demand rights for their co-nationals abroad, but are less willing to grant rights to foreigners in Mexico.
• Mexican nationalism runs deep, but coexists with a strong pragmatism in its foreign relations.
The report is available at this link.