Mexican President Slips In The Ratings: Pew

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A Mexican fan waves the country's flag at Zocalo Square in Mexico City on June 29, 2014 after the national football team lost to the Netherlands 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 second round match. ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP - Getty Images

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In contrast to last year's favorable ratings, Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto has seen a slide in popularity, with the country pretty evenly divided on his performance, according to a new Pew Research survey.

The Mexican President, who was in California on Monday, had the support of 57 percent of respondents in a 2013 survey who thought the President's influence was "good," but only 51 percent thought the same in 2014. Sixty percent of Mexicans in this recent survey disapprove of Peña Nieto's handling of the economy.

A majority of Mexicans (57 percent) polled do not agree with the Mexican government's recent decision to allow foreign investment in Mexico's oil and gas industry.

But the President does get support on some issues - more than half of Mexicans (55 percent) think Peña Nieto is handling education issues well and over half also support his efforts to fight organized crime and drug traffickers.

The survey also found the declining net rate of migration from Mexico to the U.S. was seen in the fact that only 32 percent of Mexicans surveyed in 2014 say they have a friend or family member living in the U.S., compared to 42 percent in 2007.