Recent Poll Shows That Most Mexicans Support Army Anti-Drug Battle

Recent Poll Shows That Most Mexicans Support Army Anti-Drug Battle

A recent survey showed that 80 percent of Mexicans do still support the army crackdown that began in 2006 to fight the drug traffickers, but do not support U.S. troops. The crackdown was launched under President Felipe Calderon’s efforts in December 2006 when he first deployed thousands of troops to fight various different hot spots of heavy trafficking.

The poll was released by the Pew Research Center and showed that eight out of ten Mexicans still supported the crackdown. However, most still worry about the police and military violating human rights.

74 percent of those interviewed felt that is a huge problem, according to Fox News.

The survey was conducted by the Washington based center with Mexicans from around the country over a two week time frame from March 20th to April 2nd with almost a four percentage error rate of plus or minus.

It is estimated that over 50,000 people have died as a result of the drug violence that has occurred nationwide in Mexico since Calderon’s deployment of troops in 2006.

Another recent survey showed that while Mexicans still favor Calderon’s use of military force to fight the drug war, only about 47 percent actually believe their government is making some progress against cartels.

The poll was done in person, actually face to face with Mexicans throughout the country. 61 percent of Mexicans said they blame both countries, Mexico and the U.S. for their country’s drug violence but mostly blame the U.S.

While Mexicans showed large support of the Mexican army in fighting drug cartels they did draw the line for U.S. troop support.

Mexicans agreed to aid from the U.S. as far as money, training, and weapons goes, but 59 percent opposed U.S. troop presence within their borders.

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