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El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6-17-10
The approval of the migratory law in Arizona substantially lowers the opinion that Mexicans have of the United States, its people and its president according to a poll taken on Thursday.
Of the 22 nations surveyed in the poll, public opinion of the United States declined only in Mexico according to the Pew Poll of Global Attitudes. Only 49% of Mexicans expressed a positive view of our neighbor to the North, compared to 57% last year.
The major decline in the general opinion of the United States in Mexico was due, in part, to the bad feelings caused by the Arizona migration law.
The Arizona law requires the police to confirm the immigration status of whomever they suspect is illegally in the country and every criminal illegal immigrant.
The favorable opinion of the United States fell from 69% to 56% in 2009, but there are big differences in the polls before and after Arizona approved the measure on the 23rd of April. In a poll taken between the 14th and 20th of April, 62% of those questioned had a positive view of the United States, compared to 44% of those questioned between the 1st and the 6th of May, according to the study.
Upon being questioned about the administration of the respective Presidents, 54% disapproved of President Barack Obama and some 43% disapproved of President Felipe Calderon while 75% disapproved of Governor Jan Brewer.
Before the approval of the law (SB1070), 47% of Mexicans had confidence in the international leadership of Barack Obama, but now only 36% have that confidence.
In other Latin American countries there is little confidence in Barack Obama. In Argentina there is barely 10% approval because of Iraq and 11% approval because of the situation in Afghanistan. In Brazil 48% disapprove of his (Obama’s) policies in Iraq and 43% disapprove of his policies in Afghanistan.
The United States enjoys the best opinion in other Latin American countries like Brazil (62%), and in Argentina where 42% approve and 42% disapprove of the United States.
Brazil is the country with the most citizens worried about climate change (58%) and is one of the few countries content with its economic situation (62%). The other countries happy with their economy are China (91%), India (57%) and Poland (53%).
The results of this poll were taken telephonically from people in 22 nations of which only Argentina, Brazil and Mexico were Latin American nations. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The Pew Center has taken opinion polls about a variety of issues since 2001 over the entire planet.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacán) 6-17-10
Federales ambushed in Michoacán
Two henchmen who participated in an ambush of federal policemen in Michoacan have been detained. One man is from Zitacuaro and the other from Lazaro Cardenas, in Eastern Michoacan.
Both men, aged 20 and 22 years are believed to be part of La Familia. The ambush lasted around 20 minutes and up to 35 henchmen participated in the attack. One gunman, known as “El Beto,” died in the confrontation.
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