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Mexico: Poll shows majority think state operations against drug trafficking have failed.

According to a poll the majority (49%) of mexicans think that the state operations against drug trafficking have failed The survey was made by the National Survey on the Perception of Public Safety in Mexico and prepared by Consulting Mitofsky at the request of the organization Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD). The results were published by mexican media, like El Universal.

The president of the ngo MUCD , Eduardo Gallo, said these figures “reflect that two years after the convening of the National Agreement for Security, no progress has been made in this area”.

“It is worrying that most people believe that the country’s situation has worsened and the perception of insecurity in the country is greater,” he said.

Paradoxically, according to the survey, the mexicans who think the “war on drugs” has not worked, are living mostly in central and south, “precisely where it has been less military operations.” Near the U.S.-mexican border more mexicans think the opposite, that the war on drugs is working.

In the last five months, the percentages of citizens who believed in the state winning the war against crime fell from 48% to 23%.

Other results of the poll were the following.

– increased from 71% to 83% the number of people who believe that security is worse than that existed a year earlier, mainly people over 50 years old and residents of Mexico City.

. perception of theft:  the survey reported that the theft dropped from 62% to 58%.

– certainty of kidnapping had a slight increase from 54% to 55%.

The National Survey on the Perception of Public Safety in Mexico took place from 28 to 31 October 2010. Sample is one thousand Mexicans over 18 years.