Monday, July 26, 2010

Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Tacos

The blog of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the results of a new poll conducted by Angus Reed, showing that 65% of those surveyed think the federal government's "War on Drugs" has been a failure.  And that 65% isn't just a horde of Democrats, either -- 64% of Republicans and 70% of Independents agree that the battle against drugs hasn't worked.

Other interesting tidbits:
Nearly half of those surveyed say Mexico should be blamed for allowing its drug cartels to grow and flourish: 34 percent believe the U.S. should be blamed for having a population that demands illegal drugs.

The poll tested impressions of Mexico.  Nearly 80 percent voiced a favorable view of Mexican food, and 59 percent were favorably inclined toward the Mexican people.  But only 32 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of immigrants from Mexico who live in the United States.
More than a third of those surveyed also reported having a favorable opinion of Mexican beer.

So, America will take the beer, pot, and tacos, but hold the immigrants.  If you can find us a poll that produces a more bizarre cross-sampling of poll topics, we're all ears. 

Booze and burritos aside, these poll numbers are compelling.  The War on Drugs has sent millions to prisons, at enormous costs.  If the public doesn't want to (literally) buy into that system anymore, it's time to start considering how we can create a more effective strategy.


Michelle said...

It costs more to incarcerate a drug offender than it does to rehabilitate them. I think the answer lies in the treatment of these individuals. Drug Treatment centers like ours routinely take persons that are convicted of a drug offense and rehabilitate them instead of allowing them to sit in jail.

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