In 1954, most Americans thought that if J. Edgar Hoover were to say that the FBI had most of the American communists under its eye, they would feel pretty sure it was true.
Eight in 10 Americans said in 1999 that Columbine was not an isolated incident, but rather a sign that something was "seriously wrong" in the U.S.
Americans' views on how the justice system is handling crime have changed in the past decade. Less than half (45%) say it is "not tough enough," down from 65% in 2003.
Long before social media, the internet or video games entered the scene, Americans viewed comic books as a dangerous, new corrupting influence on U.S. youth.