As USA Today reports, the Mexico that Americans perceive and the Mexico that has developed over the last 20 years are two different places. A recent report by the advertising firm GSD&M and Vianovo found that the three words that Americans most commonly use to describe Mexico include “drugs,” “poor,” and “unsafe.” As USA Today points out:
“These perceptions reflect the Mexican reality that dominates headlines: soaring crime rates and gruesome murders in a war against drug traffickers. But this window into Mexico overlooks an economic transformation and deepening ties with the United States that reflect a dramatically different country.”
The same poll found that over half of Americans still see Mexico as a developing country, when in fact it is now a middle class nation. In the past 15 years, Mexico has seen an increase in middle class wealth that includes roughly half their population. Furthermore, the Mexican economy has become one of the most open and competitive economies, dominated by manufactured goods, and has expanded North American supply chains, supporting jobs for both Mexican and U.S. workers.
To read the full article on Mexico’s increasing economic relevance, go here.