When it comes to democracy, Yucatán is number one

But experts warn that poverty remains an enormous problem

Despite the encouraging results, Yucatán still has many problems such as growing income inequality and poverty. Photo: File

Yucatán took the lead in 2020 as the most democratic state in Mexico.

The recently published results come from a study conducted by several organizations, including the German political consulting firm, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Mexico’s electoral authority, INE.

However, the news is not all positive, as the study points to a slightly overall erosion of democratic indicators across the country.    

The methodology of the study accounted for citizen participation in elections, as well as the strength of democratic institutions, and socio-economic factors.

During the presentation of the findings, political scientist, Jorge Arias pointed out that Yucatan scored extremely high in citizen participation and the strength of democratic institutions, but that there is still much room for improvement regarding issues of social and economic inequality. 

Yucatan’s neighboring states of Campeche and Quintana Roo ranked 15th and 17th respectively. At the bottom of the ranking are the states of Veracruz, Morelos and Guerrero.

According to Mexico’s social development council, roughly 40% of Yucatán’s population lives in poverty.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.