Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/30/2013 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Survey reveals shifting Mexican attitudes toward U.S.

Mexicans are viewing the United States more favorably again, according to a national opinion survey of Mexico done by the Pew Research Center. Mexicans also have greater confidence in Obama.

Overall, Mexican attitudes towards the U.S. have improved.

Overall, Mexican attitudes towards the U.S. have improved.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/30/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Mexicans, Pew, survey, Obama, cartels,


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pew conducted the survey in early to mid-March and asked 1,000 adults about their attitudes towards the United States. A full two-thirds, 66 percent, said they have a favorable opinion of the U.S. This is up by about 10 percent from a year ago and much higher than in 2010 when only 44 percent had a favorable opinion.

In 2010, the passage the of restrictive Arizona immigration law upset many Mexicans and caused public opinion there to drop.

Nearly 50 percent of Mexicans also say they expect Obama will "do the right thing" when it comes to international affairs. This is down a bit from his initial high of 55 percent which he enjoyed following his first inauguration.

It is interesting to note that foreign nationals tend to have a better opinion of Obama than what he enjoys amongst many Americans. However, his domestic behavior, which many criticize, is rarely taken into account in such surveys. The people of other countries are not having their taxes raised and are not being cast into Obamacare.

Many Mexicans also hope that Obama will grant amnesty to their families living illegally in the U.S. and that he will open the gates to permit them to come into the country as well. A full 20 percent of responders said they would move to the U.S. illegally if given the chance.

Another 15 percent said they would only immigrate legally.

Sixty-one percent said they had no interest in immigrating and a final 3 percent said they had no opinion.

Quite relevant is the recent return of many immigrants from the United States. In the poor economy, many illegal immigrants have had difficulty finding work in the U.S. and have since gone back to Mexico. Their return has discouraged others from immigrating.

The war on drugs, which is essentially an armed insurrection, also has Mexicans worried. The extreme brutality of cartel violence has many living in fear and upset since the United States is keeping the cartels in business thanks to its insatiable appetite for illegal drugs. The flow of weapons across the border into cartel hands isn't helpful either.

Many Mexicans want to see their military engage the cartels in an expanded role, complaining that their government continues to fail in its effort to stem the trafficking and violence.

The survey also showed that Mexicans were willing to accept American help in the form of arms for the military and training, however, they do not want U.S. troops to be deployed.

---


Pope Francis calls for your 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women:
That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.



Comments


More Americas

Colombia: Largest South American drug bust in nine years Watch

Image of The drugs were discovered by the local authorities as the ship was about to disembark the port on the northern Caribbean coast for the Netherlands, camouflaged among pineapple pulp.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was by far the largest drug bust in all of South America in almost nine years: Colombian police intercepted SEVEN TONS of cocaine headed to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The drugs had a street value of at least $250 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Vigilance saves lives: Building codes prevented destruction in Chilean quake Watch

Image of While there was major structural damage in the quakes, it's seen as a minor trade-off where many lives were spared.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Miracles do happen. Only six perished in a massive earthquake in northern Chile following an immense 8.2 earthquake and tsunami. Four of the deaths were attributed to heart attacks and only two were crushed by debris. The reason for this amazingly low fatality ... continue reading


Tsunami batters Chilean coast after MASSIVE 8.2 earthquake Watch

Image of Chileans calmly evacuated coastal areas on foot, with policemen helping bundled-up elderly people and some residents loading up vehicles with their belongings.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive 8.2 earthquake has triggered a tsunami off of Chile's northern coast. Waves as high as six feet have battered the coastline. At least five people have been reported dead due to the occurrence. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The deceased, officials ... continue reading


HOUSES OF HORROR: Colombian drug gangs dismember witnesses alive in 'chop houses' Watch

Image of Thousands of Buenaventura's residents have been forced to flee as a result. Some 50,687 people have been forcibly displaced in the past three years, according to official figures.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The screams of people being dismembered alive with chainsaws echo throughout the Colombian port city of Buenaventura. People who live here say they hear the cries late at night, as the local drug gangs exact their vengeance against those who dare to cross them. ... continue reading


Report: Colombian children forced into prostitution during armed conflict Watch

Image of Colombian children caught between uprisings are often forced into situations where they are sexually exploited.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The South American nation of Colombia has been mired in fighting between state security forces, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitary militias for almost 50 years. Along with drug-running, these armed gangs are responsible for sexual violence against ... continue reading


Violence against women in Mexico surges out of control, but who is to blame? Watch

Image of Women in Mexico protest the violence, but without meaningful changes in attitudes and from the government, nothing is likely to improve.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mexico is a dangerous place to be female. Girls and women alike face astounding rates of violence which includes rape and murder. The horrifying conditions are related to Mexico's failed war on drugs and the breakdown of law and order in many areas, as well as ... continue reading


Denouncing the nation of Panama as a 'lackey,' Venezuela severs diplomatic ties Watch

Image of In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama. Denouncing the country as being a "lackey" of the United States, Maduro accused Panama of being aligned with ... continue reading


Coin found by treasure hunter confirms long disputed historical fact Watch

Image of Sir Francis Drake reportedly covered his discovery of Canada at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I, who supposedly wished to avoid confrontation over the new territory with Spain.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 16th century shilling, buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island has changed the course of Canadian history. An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector discovered the 435-year-old coin and has given credence that British hero, Sir ... continue reading


Starbucks watch out! Crops, jobs and wages in Central America tumble due to coffee bean disease Watch

Image of Roya attacks the leaves of coffee plants with rust-colored spore dust.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Central American economy is struggling with the outbreak of coffee rust, also known as roya. The disease is crippling coffee crops in the area, leading to a downturn in jobs and income for countries reliant on this agricultural crop. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Bolivia Changes Law on Abortion: More Children at Risk Watch

Image of Latin America still has some of the world's strongest laws protecting the child in the womb. Abortion advocates say that poor and indigenous women living in rural areas are disproportionately affected by

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The South American nation of Bolivia has changed its laws regarding procured abortion. The nation's highest court has ruled that women seeking an abortion in cases of rape or incest will no longer need a judge to give permission for doctors to perform the ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 52:13--53:12
13 Look, my servant will prosper, will grow great, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
2 turn your ear to me, make haste. Be for me a ... Read More

Gospel, John 18:1--19:42
1 After he had said all this, Jesus left with his ... Read More

Reading 2, Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
14 Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 18th, 2014 Image

St. Apollonius the Apologist
April 18: Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter