Since late 2006 the Mexican government has pursued an aggressive militarized war on drugs in their country. Violence has spiked from attempts to control the drug trade, driven by huge profits that result from prohibition. Roughly 50,000 people have been killed. Yet despite a huge amount of government spending to fight drugs as a military war, the people of Mexico feel no safer.
According to Gallup the number of people who feel unsafe walking in their own neighborhood alone at night is the highest it has been since the President Felipe Calderon started his aggressive war, with 56% saying they don’t feel safe and only 42% saying they do feel safe.
At the same time, confidence in the police, military and national government has steadily eroded since the war began in earnest.
The one somewhat positive development in the poll is that the percentage of Mexicans who say there are gangs in their area is at 46%. This is lower than the 59% found in 2008 but an increase from 2010.
The bloody drug war in Mexico appears to have no immediate end in sight and will likely be a big issue in the country’s July Presidential election.