/ Modified oct 31, 2017 9:12 a.m.

Pew Report: Favorable View of Mexico Grows in US

The reverse was true south of the border, with a rapid decline in Mexicans expressing a favorable view of the U.S.

Mexico City angel statue Angel statue at the Monument to Independence in Mexico City. (PHOTO: Ken Kistler)

The number of Americans with a favorable view of Mexico has grown, while the number of Mexicans with a favorable view of the United States has rapidly declined, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

The percentage of Americans with a positive view of Mexico jumped 12 points since 2010 to 66 percent overall, according to the report. The number of Mexicans with a positive view of the U.S. has plunged by 36 percentage points in two years.

“I would suggest that Mexico’s unfavorable view of the U.S. is a direct correlation of the rhetoric from Donald Trump, and his building of that wall, and that Mexico is supposed to pay for it,” said Lisa Magaña, interim director of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

Companies competing for the contract to build the border wall have finished their prototypes. Federal officials plan to test them for safety and effectiveness.

Roughly one-third of Americans favor building the wall, according to the Pew Research Center.

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