Tuesday, June 17, 2014

México: 89.7% of Mexicans Report That Corrupt Practices Occur "Very Frequently" or "Frequently"

According to The Latin American Tribune, some 88.3% of Mexicans consider corruption to be a prevalent practice among public servants in their contacts with citizens, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) said, citing the results of a new survey.

The 2013 National Survey on Government Quality and Impact found that 48% of Mexicans say corrupt practices are “very frequent” among public employees, while 40.3% say corruption is "frequent."

Crime is México’s top problem, according to 70.4% of the respondents, with unemployment the No. 2 problem and corruption ranking third.

COMMENT: Some 89.7% of Mexicans view corruption as a “very frequent” or “frequent” problem in dealings with police, followed by contacts with political parties, which were identified by 84.4% of respondents. 

Additionally, prosecutors, who drew a 78.4% response rate in the survey, who are reportedly sworn to adhere to ethical precepts, was not far off from public officials.

The survey of 1,000 households posed a series of questions to respondents 18 and older in cities with a population of 100,000 or more about their experiences with corruption in public services and contacts with officials.