Mexicans say corruption is falling even as a third of them also report paying a bribe, a survey by Transparency International said on Monday, as the 10-month-old administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sets its sights on stamping out graft.
The Global Corruption Barometer 2019 report shows that 44% of Mexicans say corruption has increased over the last year, compared with 61% of Mexicans in 2017.
Veteran leftist Lopez Obrador took office in December promising to root out the entrenched corruption, poverty and violence afflicting Latin America’s second-largest economy.
A majority of Mexicans, 61% of those polled, said Lopez Obrador was doing a “good” or “very good” job of fighting corruption. Only 24% said the same thing about his predecessor, former president Enrique Pena Nieto, in the 2017 report.
Still, nine of 10 Mexicans surveyed by the anti-graft group “underscored that corruption remains a problem for the country, although they perceive changes compared to previous years,” the report showed.
Some 34% of those polled said they had paid a bribe over the past 12 months to access public services, down from 51% in 2017.
Pollster Ipsos conducted 1,000 face-to-face interviews in Mexico between Feb. 26 and March 9 for the Transparency International report.