Mexican Drug Gangs Are Winning: Poll

500 deaths in May make pessimists of majority of Mexicans
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 11:42 AM CDT
Mexican federal police officers escort Alfredo Beltran Leyva, known as "El Mochomo, upon his arrival at the Mexico City's airport, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. Beltran was allegedly in charge of transporting...   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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(Newser) – A majority of Mexicans say violent drug gangs are thrashing President Felipe Calderon's government after nearly 500 people were slain in May—the highest number of killings since Calderon took office in December 2006, reports Reuters. Some 53% of Mexicans believe the gangs are beating the federal forces, while only 24% say the government is winning.

More than 4,000 drug-related killings have been reported during Calderon's brief administration, 450 of them police, military or government officials, according to the attorney general of Mexico.