It is one reason that political analysts say that Calderón's National Action Party (PAN) lost ground to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled the country for 71 years, in midterm elections earlier this month. Many Mexicans have long speculated that the PRI may have cut deals with drug organizations – allowing them to operate with more impunity but with less violence.
Bruce Bagley, a professor of international studies at the University of Miami, says that there is a growing sense that Calderón may have taken on more than he can handle. "In the minds of many Mexican voters, the real problem is not drug trafficking into the US," Mr. Bagley explains, "it's the violence."
In a recent poll published in the daily newspaper Milenio, by the Mexico-based polling group Cabinet of Strategic Communication, more than half of Mexicans consider organized crime networks to be defeating the government. Only 28 percent said the government is gaining ground.
A behind the scene truce has been made with the PRI and other politicians.
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