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The Image of Crime in the Media
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Backdrop How do citizens rate the seriousness of the crime “problem” in the U.S.? What has been the actual trend in crime rates in the U.S.? Do citizens’ concerns “fit” the actual crime pattern?
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Key findings from the General Social Survey: Survey findings from the general public, 1972-2006 (cumulative figures) Do you feel safe and secure at home at night, or not? Yes: 86% Is there any area right around here—that is, within a mile—where you would be afraid to walk alone at night? Yes: 40%
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We are faced with may problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I’d like you to tell me whether you think we’re spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on reducing crime. Too little: 70% About right: 27% Too much: 3% On law enforcement: Too little: 56% About right: 36% Too much: 8% How firm are you about your opinion on crime; would you say that you are very likely to change your opinion? 2% somewhat likely to change your opinion? 15%
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