Fact TankJuly 16, 2013

Mexican public favors military use, U.S. aid to fight drug cartels

On Monday, the Mexican military captured Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, leader of the Zetas, one of the major Mexican drug cartels. Treviño Morales is wanted in Mexico and the United States for charges of drug trafficking, murder, torture, kidnapping and extortion, among other crimes. Mexican armed forces made the arrest early Monday morning after a […]

Fact TankMay 2, 2013

Mexicans see less progress on drug war; split on Peña Nieto

Among the topics likely to come up during President Obama’s trip to Mexico is the nature and extent of the two countries’ cooperation in fighting Mexico’s drug-smuggling cartels. Under former President Felipe Calderón, the United States greatly expanded its role in Mexico, primarily through an agreement called the Merida Initiative (which also includes Central American nations). The […]

Pew Research CenterMay 2, 2013

Mexicans See Less Progress on Drug War; Split on Peña Nieto

By Drew DeSilver Among the topics likely to come up during President Obama’s trip to Mexico is the nature and extent of the two countries’ cooperation in fighting Mexico’s drug-smuggling cartels. Under former President Felipe Calderón, the United States greatly expanded its role in Mexico, primarily through an agreement called the Merida Initiative (which also includes Central […]

GlobalApril 29, 2013

U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico

Two-thirds of Mexicans have a favorable opinion of the U.S and about half express confidence in President Obama. Fewer Mexicans say they see a better life in the U.S., but 35% say they would migrate.

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U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2013

Public Opinion and Marijuana: Shifting Attitudes, Events and Laws

For the first time, more Americans now favor legalizing marijuana than those who oppose it, according to a new Pew Research report. Pew Research explores events that have taken place over the last 40 years and the states’ legal actions on marijuana use.

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U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2013

Marijuana: Changing Attitudes

Highlights from the report, “Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana.”

U.S. PoliticsApril 4, 2013

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favors legalizing the use of marijuana.

GlobalJune 20, 2012

Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels

As Felipe Calderón’s term as Mexico’s president draws to a close, Mexicans continue to strongly back his policy of deploying the military to combat the country’s powerful drug cartels, despite public unease about the moral cost of the drug war.

November 3, 2011

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election

In the last four national elections, generation has mattered more in American elections than it has in decades. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. In a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there is a 20-point gap in support for Obama between Millennials and the over-65 Silent generation.

GlobalAugust 31, 2011

Crime and Drug Cartels Top Concerns in Mexico

Less than half of Mexicans believe that their government is making progress in its campaign against the nation’s drug cartels, according to a new survey. But a big majority still supports the government’s use of the army to fight drug traffickers.