Friday, February 15, 2008

Poll results- Do you keep up on politics in your adopted country?

I was hoping to time this poll with our local election, but since they really stretched out the results (think Bush and Florida), I had to delay. Now that there is finally a winner of the Cancun municipal election, I can post the results of our own vote. The question was for ex-pats, people living outside the country of their birth, "Do you keep up with politics in your adopted country?". Here are the results:

No, I can't vote so I just keep out of it.- 5 (26 %)
No, I don't understand the language so find it difficult to follow.- 1 (5%)
Somewhat, I know there is an election and who the main players are.- 9 (47 %)
Yes definitely, I closely follow the local elections as it affects my investments.-
1 (5%)
Yes, I closely follow the national elections, it's vital that we know about the place I choose to live.- 4 (21 %)
Other- 0

So, interesting results, though they are about what I thought based on my own friends conversations. I admit to paying closer attention to the local politics than national, though I know the main players on the big stage. As I am considering applying for citizenship here, I am trying to learn more about the politics of Mexico and all the ugly history that goes with it. Now I get a good giggle when people in Canada talk about the corruption up there in the Great White North. Canada is so clean compared to so many places in the world, I guess it's good that they freak out about anything that remotely resembles corruption. Here it is so common place that people just say "Ni modo" and don't vote. Cancun is a city of 800 000, yet only 100 000 voted. I think that's a combination of poor education and lack of identification though most of those I spoke with who didn't vote just said "There is no one who can do the job, at least no one who is not corrupt".

So, welcome to politics SeƱor Licenciado Greg Sanchez, Cancun's new president, I wish you lots of luck, you are going to need it.


Manolo said...

I am a political aficionado so one of the first things I learned when I came to Canada was the political system. Even before I became a citizen I was all ears and eyes about anything in the three levels of government and have posted twice in Spanish) about political life in Canada, the first one about the parliamentary system and the second a call for federal elections now! Not surprisingly are the two least commented postings in my blog... although the first one has produced some hits from Spain, Mexico, and South America.
Don't get me started on Canadian corruption... just one word that still haunts us to this day: Mulroney.

CancunCanuck said...

I have great respect for you for being so current with Canadian politics. I do think the type of corruption is very, very different than what we see here. Favours for friends with businesses and contracts is one thing, killing and out right stealing from the citizens is a totally different manner. Mulroney was bad, but he's still an angel compared to politicians in many countries around the world.

Manolo said...

I would have to agree... here in Canada election year is a circus(when is not a total disappointment for the lack of "guts" and leadership). Meanwhile last year was election year in Guatemala and there were more than 70 murders that "might have" had a political motivation.
I don't think (knock on wood) there are 70 murders in Toronto in a year (at least not firearm which is what has been tallied in the news in the past few years up here).

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