Seven out of ten Mexicans support the work of the National Guard, survey says

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Seven out of 10 Mexicans support the work of the National Guard (GN) and keeping the Armed Forces in public security tasks, according to a Poligrama survey revealed this Friday in the midst of the national debate on militarization.

68.7 percent of those surveyed said that they “agree with the creation of the National Guard and with its performance so far,” while 31.3 percent answered no.

The National Guard is a body created in 2019 by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who promised to keep it civilian, but this month enacted a bill to transfer its control to the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena).

In this sense, 56.2 percent of those surveyed asked that from now on the operation of the National Guard be maintained in the Sedena.

Meanwhile, 23.4 percent asked that it go to the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), which previously had control of the extinct Federal Police, and 20.4 percent believed that it should return to the Ministry of Public Security, as established by López Obrador in A beginning.

In addition, the survey revealed that 70.4 percent of the population considers “that the Armed Forces, the Army, and the Navy should continue doing public security work until 2028,” as the Senate is now debating.

Meanwhile, 29.6 percent believed that they should return to their barracks in March 2024, as established by the transitory constitutional article of the law that created the National Guard.

For the study, a thousand telephone surveys were carried out on men and women of legal age on September 28, 2022.

Source: EFE

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