Saturday, August 14, 2010

Beating a Dead Horse

Via Boz, a new Pew report shows what other, older Pew reports have shown: Mexicans, by wide margins, support the use of the army in domestic security operations. Fifty-five percent say that the army is making progress against organized crime, a figure that is down from 66 percent last year, but still 35 points in favor of the optimistic view.

Pew's reports sometimes have some anomalistic findings in Mexico (and they also tend to be more positive than many local pollsters), so you wouldn't want to take this as the final word. However, it is further evidence that for the next president to allow a strong anti-Calderón stance to guide his security policy would be politically risky, and is therefore unlikely.

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