In Culiacán, 83% found out about Ovidio’s arrest, revealed a survey

At the local level, 51% of Culiacanenses considered the capture a success (REUTERS / Stringer)
At the local level, 51% of Culiacanenses considered the capture a success (REUTERS / Stringer)

In Mexico and Culiacán, More than 80 percent of the people surveyed by Enkoll knew that the events that took place at dawn on Thursday, January 5 in Jesús María, Sinaloa, were due to the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, one of the sons of “El Chapo”.

The agency dedicated to public opinion research and market studies conducted more than 600 interviews nationwide, and 400 in the municipality of Culiacán, with men and women aged 18 and overin relation to the capture of the criminal also known as “El Ratón”.

Before the question “Do you consider that the operation for the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán is it a success or a failure?”, 67% of those interviewed nationwide agreed that the arrest of one of “Los Chapitos” or “Los Menores” was a complete success, while 24% considered it a failure.

Locally, 51% of Culiacanenses considered the capture a successwhile 16% took it as a failure and 33% preferred not to answer about it.

Regarding the feeling of security that the interviewees perceive after the arrest of the criminal leader, the results varied considerably at the local level from those surveyed at the national level. And it is that 47% of the locals said they feel less safe after the events that occurred on Thursday in the Jesús María union, where Ovidio was at the time of the arrest.

A military vehicle was devastated after the clashes in Jesús María and Culiacán (Cuartoscuro)
A military vehicle was devastated after the clashes in Jesús María and Culiacán (Cuartoscuro)

While Only 17% of the interviewed Culiacanese claimed to feel safer, compared to 27% who said they felt neither more secure nor less insecure.

In counterpart, respondents nationwide said 42% felt more secure, 29% neither more nor less secure, and 24 percent said they felt less secure.

Regarding whether the capture of Ovidio Guzmán was favorable to the government of President López Obrador, 66% of those surveyed at the national level gave a positive opinion and 27% considered that, on the contrary, it harmed them.

At the local level, half of the Culiacanenses interviewed said that It was a favorable result for the López Obrador administration, compared to 37% who did not know what to answer and 13% who answered that it harmed them.

Regarding the question “Do you trust the governor of Sinaloa, Rubén Rocha Moya, more or less?”, 34% of the Sinaloans interviewed said that they did trust the governor more, while 18% remained the same, with the same level of confidence they had before Ovidio’s arrest, and 24% detailed that they trust less.

REUTERS/Luis Cortes
REUTERS/Luis Cortes

One of the most striking results of the survey was that increased the level of trust, both locally and nationally, in the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA), whose reputation had been seriously damaged after the failed operation known as “Culiacanazo” 3 years and 3 months ago.

On October 17, 2019 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, the Mexican Army did not measure the consequences and ended up bowing to a Sinaloa cartel who showed a great capacity for organization and immediate reaction.

However, now, after the capture of Ovidio Guzmán, despite the fact that it involved the death of 10 soldiers and 19 civilians allegedly affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel, 83 percent of those surveyed at the national level said that they trusted the Sedena “a lot” and 69% of Culiacanenses responded that their confidence in the Mexican army had increased.

Only 47% of those interviewed at the national level affirmed that the visit is probably related to the visit of the president of the United States, Joe Biden; while only 23% of Culiacanenses considered it so.

In the same way, there were discrepancies as to whether Ovidio Guzmán should be extradited to the United States, since 56% percent of those surveyed at the level answered affirmatively, compared to only 26% of those interviewed in the Sinaloan capital.

The interviews, according to the Enkoll agency, were carried out between January 6 and 7, 2023.


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