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Mexicans Reject Plans to Legalize Drugs

AngusReid, September 2, 2006


- Many adults in Mexico believe drugs should remain illegal, according to a poll by Parametrķa. 83 per cent of respondents are personally against the legalization of drugs.

Vicente Fox of the National Action Party (PRI) ended 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the 2000 election, winning a six-year term with 42.5 per cent of the vote.

In late April, the Mexican Senate voted 53-26 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. The bill had already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies.

In early May, Fox decided not to sign the bill, and sent it back to the legislative branch, claiming lawmakers had to come up with "the necessary corrections to make it absolutely clear that in our country the possession and consumption of drugs is and will continue to be a crime."

Polling Data

Some people think if drugs are legalized, drug trafficking would no longer be a problem. Other people think legalizing drugs would create a social problem. Are you personally in favour or against the legalization of drugs?

In favour 13%
Against 83%
Not sure 4%

Source: Parametrķa
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,000 Mexican adults, conducted from Jul. 22 to Jul. 25, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.