Border Consensus

By Chris Good

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 79% of Americans support using the military to protect U.S. citizens if drug violence continues to grow in northern Mexico. The profile of Mexico's drug war has risen over the last week or so in the U.S., as Congress held a subcommittee hearing on it and President Barack Obama said he'd consider using the National Guard. Now, it's led to a moment of relative bipartisanship when it comes to the U.S./Mexico border, as 90% of Republicans, 72% of Democrats and 76% of independents said they support a potential military presence, according to Rasmussen--all high numbers.

(Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 voters nationwide march 12-13 for the poll; margin of error was +/- 3%.)


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