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Poll shows weakened support of Mexicans to war against drug cartels.

MEXICO CITY – Nearly half the Mexican public considers President Felipe Calderon’s offensive against drug cartels a failure, a poll suggested Tuesday for the first time since the conservative leader launched the deadly crackdown in 2006.

The survey shows 49 percent of respondents consider the crackdown has failed, compared with just 33 percent who think it has succeeded. Last time the Mitofsky polling agency conducted the same survey, in March, the results were almost the opposite, with 47 percent of those polled considering the drug war a success, while 36 percent thought it a failure.

Observers say the turnaround in opinion is a reflection of the public’s growing impatience with the crackdown, which has seen more than 28,000 people killed since December 2006.

“This is precisely because (people) aren’t seeing insecurity go down,” said…READ MORE HERE