Saturday, October 3, 2009

Most Mexicans See Better Life in U.S.

One-In-Three Would Migrate
Troubled by Crime, the Economy, Drugs and Corruption
September 23
Facing a variety of national problems, Mexicans overwhelmingly are dissatisfied with the direction of their country. Large majorities describe crime (81%) and illegal drugs (73%) as very big problems, and Mexicans overwhelmingly endorse President Felipe Calderón's tough stance against drug traffickers. Nearly six-in-ten Mexicans say those who leave their country for the United States enjoy a better life there. One-in-three would move to the U.S. if they had the opportunity, and most of those would do so without authorization. Nonetheless, the U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is on the decline. In that regard, the current survey finds that four-in-ten Mexicans say they know someone who left for the U.S. but returned because they could not find a job. Even more (47%) report knowing someone who returned because they were turned back by the border patrol. The latest findings from the 2009 Pew Global Attitudes survey of Mexico, conducted between May 26 and June 2 with 1,000 face-to-face interviews, examines Mexican attitudes toward migration and life in the U.S.; the campaign against drug traffickers; national conditions and the economy; national leaders and institutions; the U.S. and President Barack Obama; trade and globalization; and daily life.

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