Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This quarter's report gives Calderón a 62 percent approval rating, down three points from May, and down four from February. It also shows some possible improvement in popular perceptions of the economy: almost 80 percent said the economy is worse now than it was a year ago, but this is a) a virtual statement of fact more than a sign of pessimism, and b) 5.5 points less than the corresponding figure in November, 4.7 points less than in February, and a point less than in May. Other figures show similar improvement. Clearly, a couple of points don't mean too much when eight out of ten people are despondent over the economy, but the trend is positive.