One might easily conclude from this survey that they hate us, they really hate us. And talk about sucker Americans, so stupidly good-natured in the face of undeniable hostility of centuries' duration.
On a personal level, 84% of Americans said they held a positive view of the Mexican people, while just 36% of Mexicans said the same about their neighbors to the North. [Zogby Poll: Americans, Mexicans Want Closer Ties, But Suspicion Abounds]
Americans want their lawmakers to deal with the problem of illegal immigration, the poll shows, and are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Nearly two in three (62%) said they would prefer that their congressman support more restrictive immigration regulations. Asked if they would be willing to support a U.S. economic development plan to help build Mexico's economy, much like the Marshall Plan helped rebuild Europe after World War II, in exchange for an agreement for more controls on immigration, 57% said "yes," while 33% opposed the idea.
Oh, and 90 percent of Mexicans object to a border fence — sweet! All the more reason to build it.