Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Overwhelming majority of U.S. voters support troops on the border to fight drug violence

U.S. voters want the military to be used along the border with Mexico to protect American citizens from drug-related violence. President Obama has expressed concern about the rise of drug violence in Mexico and is reportedly considering sending the National Guard to the border.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters are concerned that Mexican drug violence will spill over into the United States, including 50% who are very concerned, a sizable jump in this concern also over the past two months.

Ninety percent (90%) of GOP voters say the military should be used to protect U.S. citizens if the violence crosses into this country, compared to 72% of Democrats and 76% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.

Yet the majority of GOP voters (53%) remain more concerned about illegal immigration than growing drug violence. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Democrats, on the other hand, are more concerned about drug-related violence.

Even without the higher level of concern about drug-related violence, 74% of voters said in early December that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the country’s borders. Homeland Security has announced that it is using money from the new economic stimulus plan to continue work on the border fence.


  1. Why wait until the violence spills into the US and we lose lives on our soil before we involve our military forces? We need a military presence there if nothing else to be a deterrent.

  2. It is clear that that the US Customs and Immigration Department can not protect our borders, if they could we would have zero need for inland check points across the southern border, Deploy the military as they are a budgeted entity and Cut Federal spending by reducing the inept Border Patrol. It’s a War on Drugs, Wars are fought by the Warriors (the Military), not wanabees. It is time to take back our Sothern Border and bring peace to the Southwest.


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