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U.S., Mexico Blame Each Other
for Drug Trade

PUBLIC OPINION

Summer 1999

Americans and Mexicans accuse each other of being responsible for illegal drug trafficking, according to a survey of national attitudes released on May 18. Louis Harris and Associates Inc. analyzed poll data from more than 5,500 respondents and found that 50% of Mexicans agree that American's passion for buying and using drugs is the impetus for the illegal trade. Likewise, 48% of Americans surveyed blamed Mexico for neglecting to take effective action against Mexican drug dealers (Steve Lash, "Americans, Mexicans Blame Each Other In Poll," Houston Chronicle, May 19, 1999, p. 14A; "Poll: Suspicion High On Both Sides of Border," Arizona Republic, May 19, 1999).

Louis Harris and Associates, Inc. - 135 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623-1457, Tel: (716) 272-8400, Toll Free: (800) 866-7655, Fax: (716) 272-8680, Web: <www.louisharris.com>.