As argued by Reynaldo Ortega, it is difficult to know whether the Mexican government acted in response to public opinion or whether public opinion encouraged the government to distance itself from Washington. In January 2003, a public opinion poll indicated that 82 percent of the people surveyed sustained that in case of a war between Iraq and the United States, Mexico should remain neutral; 14 percent thought that Mexico should support the United States, and less than 1 percent answered that Mexico should support Iraq. Reynaldo Yunuen Ortega Ortiz, “The United States-Iraq war and Mexican public opinion,”, International Journal, vol.
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