Mexico’s war on drugs a “failure” according to public opinion poll
The war on drugs launched by outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderón six years ago has been a ‘failure’ concluded a public opinion poll on public security and law and order, done by the Mexico United against Crime non government organization.
In the last five years the number of crimes committed and which are considered of great public opinion impact such as kidnapping, homicide, extortion and robbery have increased significantly.
As a consequence of the war on drugs which meant involving the Mexican armed forces in the fight, a first count of 47.515 homicides has been linked to the conflict, points out the conclusions of the survey.
However the number is far inferior to the 95.000 homicides estimated by the Mexican Statistics and Geography Institute, since 2006 when president Calderón set out his strategy at the start of his six year mandate in 2006.
The results of the Citizens’ Security Perception opinion poll indicates that the failure of the war strategy in the fight against organized crime needs considerable modifications, once the incoming president elect Enrique Peña Nieto taks office next December first.
At the beginning of the war on drugs in the early years of President Calderón’s mandate, the favourable opinions stood at 47%, the slid to 31%, while those that considered the initiative a failure climbed from 23% to 46% in the six years.