According to the results of the “2016 News” survey by the Faculty of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica, 62% of Costa Ricans say the country has little or no ability to solve the drug problem.
The study states that only 36.8% of the population think that national authorities have the ability to solve the problem.
This is a recognition of the evolution of this type of organized crime in the country and a negative perspective on its future,”
states the report.
In addition, the survey noted that 93% of Costa Ricans believe that drug trafficking has increased in the last decade, and 85% think that the issue will continue to increase in the coming years. Also, 47.3% believe that drug trafficking in their communities is high or very high.
Similarly, most Costa Ricans said they would file a complaint with the respective authorities (53% of those who believe that you cannot solve the problem and 80% of the most positive respondents).
However, fear of reprisals, lack of action and the difficulties of legal proceedings have led some citizens to turn down complaints.
Moreover, the work done by students Andrés Arguedas, Alejandro Sandí and Alejandro Zúñiga reveals that the country perceives drug trafficking has a moderate influence on the decisions made in public institutions such as the security forces, the Executive Branch, the Agency of Judicial Investigation, the Courts of Justice, among others.
The survey was conducted to more than one thousand people throughout the national territory and only included adults.