More than half of all Mexicans, out of the country's 122 million people, believe that corruption has gotten worse since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in December 2012.
According to new statistics released Friday by the Mexican daily Reforma, at least 60 percent of the population believes that corruption in the country has increased in the last two years, with political parties perceived as the most corrupt institutions.
Senior public officials, the judiciary and then the state and federal governments are perceived to be the next most corrupt.
The government of President Peña Nieto has been under intense scrutiny lately over a number of serious scandals including massacres in Tlatlaya – where 21 people were apparently executed by army soldiers – and the enforced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, as well as questions over how he secured his luxury house.
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The scandals have left a lasting impact on the public, as 36 percent of respondents believe that the country's biggest problem is corruption, and 28 percent saying it is personal insecurity. Another 13 percent say the biggest problem in the country is unemployment.
The surveyed also revealed that 92 percent of Mexicans say they believe property purchased at home and abroad, by both current and past government officials, is the result of embezzlement.
Peña Nieto's approval rating hit an all time low in December, with well over half of all Mexicans saying they disapprove of his administration, and even more (85 percent) saying they do not trust the president.
However, the fault may not lie with Peña Nieto’s administration alone, as the new figures also show that 39 percent of the respondents believe that the main cause of corruption in the country is due to the culture and education of Mexicans.