Most Say Drug Bosses Control Mexico, Want Troops on Border If Violence Grows

Voters strongly believe drug cartels are now the most powerful force in Mexico and that the U.S. military should be used to stop the drug-related violence they expect to cross our southern border.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the drug cartels are more powerful than the government in Mexico. Just 13% disagree, while 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Sixty-three percent (63%) say it’s likely the drug-related violence in Mexico will spill over into the United States, with 29% who think it’s Very Likely. The overall finding is down, however, from a high of 82% 10 years ago and 73% in 2013.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters believe that if drug violence continues to escalate along the Mexican border, the military should be used to protect American citizens. Only 23% oppose use of the U.S. military along the border. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.

Support for use of the military to keep out Mexican drug violence has ranged from 58% to 79% in surveys since early 2009.

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