Survey: Inequality has been overlooked in the run up to the candidates' third round of debate

By Elliot Bullman

According to the authors of a new survey one of the main sub-themes of Tuesday’s third televised presidential debate has barely been addressed

The survey says that the issue of inequality has been superficially addressed by candidates for the presidency of Mexico and its coalitions, although it is one of the country's major problems and one of the sub-themes that will be discussed at this evening’s third televised debate.

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This event could influence the voters’ decision in a radical way during the upcoming July 1 election.

Fernanda Somuano, an academic at the Colegio de México (Colmex) and one of the authors of the study Inequalities in Mexico 2018 says thatin some way the 4 candidates point to inequality as a problem that deserves attention in the agendas, but in reality none of them have concrete proposals that could really put an end to the problem of inequality.

In the study, the authors analyse the number of mentions of the word "inequality" as a percentage of the total number of words on the platforms of the political parties and the electoral coalitions in this campaign. The results by party and by coalition vary, although they have a common denominator:

"The recognition of inequality in the platforms as one of the central problems of the country does not necessarily translate into comprehensive or defined proposals to address the different dimensions of inequality."

They act as if it were a flu and not a deadly disease. As if the place where you were born was an anecdotic event and not a lifetime mark. As if it were an insignificant fact that only 2.1% of the children born in the most disadvantaged homes could climb socially in adulthood to the group with the greatest access to goods and services.

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The third Presidential Debate will be held on Tuesday, June 12, in the city of Mérida, Yucatán at 9:00 pm.You can follow the debate live via www.mexiconewsnetwork.com’s livestream.

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