Trend: Is There Any Area Within a Mile of Where You Live Where You Would Be Afraid to Walk Alone at Night?

Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? First, how much do you personally worry about crime and violence?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation's policies to reduce or control crime?

Trend: Is There Any Area Within a Mile of Where You Live Where You Would Be Afraid to Walk Alone at Night?

Trend: Is there more crime in your area than there was a year ago, or less?

Trend: Is there more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago, or less?

Trend: Overall, how would you describe the problem of crime in the United States -- is it extremely serious, very serious, moderately serious, not too serious, or not serious at all?

Trend: Overall, how would you describe the problem of crime in the area where you live -- is it extremely serious, very serious, moderately serious, not too serious, or not serious at all?

Trend: How often do you, yourself, worry about the following things -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never? Getting murdered, getting mugged

Trend: How often do you, yourself, worry about the following things -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never? Being sexually assaulted, being assaulted or killed by a coworker

Trend: How often do you, yourself, worry about the following things -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never? Being attacked while driving your car, being the victim of a hate crime

Trend: Please tell me which, if any, of these incidents have happened to you or your household within the last twelve months?

Trend: Please tell me which, if any, of these incidents have happened to you or your household within the last twelve months?

Trend: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one -- a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? The criminal justice system

Have you, personally, EVER been the victim of a crime where you were physically harmed, or threatened with physical harm?

Yes

No

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Oct 6-9

20

80

--

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

23

77

*

Which of the following approaches to lowering the crime rate in the United States comes closer to your own view -- do you think [ROTATED: more money and effort should go to attacking the social and economic problems that lead to crime through better education and job training (or) more money and effort should go to deterring crime by improving law enforcement with more prisons, police, and judges]?

Attack social
problems

More law
enforcement

No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Oct 7-10

64

32

4

2006 Oct 9-12

65

31

4

2003 Oct 6-8

69

29

2

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

68

27

5

1994 Aug 15-16 ^

51

42

7

1994 Feb 26-28 ^

57

39

4

1992 Aug 28-Sep 2 ^

67

25

8

1992 Mar 30-Apr 5 ^

64

27

9

1990 Sep 10-11 ^

57

36

2

1989 Jun 8-11 ^

61

32

7

^ WORDING: To lower the crime rate in the United States, some people think additional money and effort should go to attacking the social and economic problems that lead to crime through better education and job training. Others feel more money and effort should go to deterring crime by improving law enforcement with more prisons, police, and judges. Which comes closer to your view?

Next, I'm going to read some things people do because of their concern over crime. Please tell me which, if any, of these things you, yourself, do or have done. First, ... Next, ... [RANDOM ORDER]

A. Keep a dog for protection

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

31

68

*

2005 Oct 13-16

31

69

*

2003 Oct 6-8

31

69

*

2002 Oct 14-17

30

69

1

2001 Oct 11-14

32

68

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

32

68

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Bought a gun for protection of yourself or your home

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

23

76

1

2005 Oct 13-16

23

77

*

2003 Oct 6-8

27

72

1

2002 Oct 14-17

21

78

1

2001 Oct 11-14

21

78

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

22

78

*

C. Carry a gun for defense

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

12

88

1

2005 Oct 13-16

11

89

*

2003 Oct 6-8

12

88

*

2002 Oct 14-17

10

89

1

2001 Oct 11-14

11

89

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

12

87

1

D. Carry a knife for defense

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

12

87

*

2005 Oct 13-16

11

89

*

2003 Oct 6-8

10

90

*

2002 Oct 14-17

11

88

1

2001 Oct 11-14

9

91

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

10

90

*

* Less than 0.5%

E. Had a burglar alarm installed in your home

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

31

69

1

2005 Oct 13-16

29

70

1

2003 Oct 6-8

25

75

*

2002 Oct 14-17

24

75

1

2001 Oct 11-14

23

76

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

23

76

1

F. Carry mace or pepper spray

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

14

86

*

2005 Oct 13-16

18

82

*

2003 Oct 6-8

19

81

*

2002 Oct 14-17

16

83

1

2001 Oct 11-14

17

83

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

18

82

*

G. Avoid going to certain places or neighborhoods you might otherwise want to go to

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2007 Oct 4-7

48

52

*

2005 Oct 13-16

47

53

*

2003 Oct 6-8

49

51

*

2002 Oct 14-17

43

56

1

2001 Oct 11-14

43

56

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

56

44

*

* Less than 0.5%

Now, thinking about what have been called "hate crimes" -- those crimes committed because the criminal hates the group of people to which the victim belongs As you may know, federal law currently allows prosecution of hate crimes committed on the basis of the victim's race, color, religion or national origin. Do you favor or oppose these laws?

Favor

Oppose

No
opinion

2007 May 10-13

78%

18

4

There is a proposal to expand federal hate crime laws to include crimes committed on the basis of the victim's gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Would you favor or oppose expanding the federal hate crime laws in this way?

Favor

Oppose

No
opinion

2007 May 10-13

68%

27

5

How much confidence do you have in the ability of the police to protect you from violent crime -- a great deal, quite a lot, not very much, or none at all?

A great
deal

Quite
a lot

Not very
much

None
at all

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2006 Oct 9-12

20

41

32

6

1

2005 Oct 13-16

18

35

39

7

1

2004 Oct 11-14

21

40

28

10

1

2003 Oct 6-8

20

40

31

8

1

2002 Oct 14-17

19

39

31

9

2

2001 Oct 11-14

25

41

27

6

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

20

42

31

6

1

1999 Mar 5-7

29

41

25

4

1

1998 Oct 23-25

19

36

37

8

*

1995 Sep 22-24

20

30

39

9

2

1993 Oct 13-18

14

31

45

9

1

1989 Jun 8-11

14

34

42

8

2

1985 Feb 28-Mar 1

15

37

39

6

3

1981 Jan 16-23

15

34

42

8

1

How much respect do you have for the police in your area -- a great deal, some, or hardly any?

A great
deal

Some

Hardly
any

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2005 Oct 13-16

56

33

11

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

60

30

9

1

1999 Mar 5-7

64

29

7

*

1991 Mar 14-17

60

32

7

1

1967

77

17

4

2

1965

70

22

4

4

* Less than 0.5%

In some places in the nation, there have been charges of police brutality. Do you think there is any police brutality in your area, or not?

Yes

No

No
opinion

%

%

%

2005 Oct 13-16

31

65

4

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

32

65

3

1999 Mar 5-7

38

57

5

1991 Jul 11-14

39

56

5

1991 Mar 14-17

35

60

5

1967 Aug 3-8

6

81

13

1965 Apr 2-7

9

79

12

From what you have read or heard, do you think that DNA evidence is completely reliable, very reliable, only somewhat reliable, or not reliable at all?

Completely
reliable

Very
reliable

Somewhat
reliable

Not
reliable
at all

No
opinion

2005 Oct 13-16

27%

58

14

*

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

25%

53

19

1

2

2000 Mar 17-19

20%

57

20

1

2

* Less than 0.5%

From what you have read or heard, do you think that fingerprint evidence is completely reliable, very reliable, only somewhat reliable, or not reliable at all?

Completely
reliable

Very
reliable

Somewhat
reliable

Not
reliable
at all

No
opinion

2005 Oct 13-16

16%

53

29

2

*

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

14%

50

34

1

1

* Less than 0.5%

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