Last year was the bloodiest yet in Mexico's war against organised crime as drug-related deaths jumped to a record high.
More than 15,000 people lost their lives in Mexico's conflicted with the traffickers in 2010.
It has also already been a violent start to 2011, with the cartels blamed for more murders.
A new poll suggests some Mexicans are looking for other options in dealing with the cartels - namely negotiating with them.
Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Mexico City.
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