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.