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Fewer Americans Say Crime Is Up in Their Community

While Baltimore is facing its highest homicide rates to date, New York City's crime rate is reaching record lows this year. More Americans in the rest of the country also say crime is down where they live.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 28% of American Adults say crime in their community has increased over the past year, but that’s down from 34% who said the same in late 2016. Fifteen percent (15%) say crime has decreased in their community over the last year, up from nine percent (9%) in the previous survey. Most (52%) say the crime rate in their community has stayed about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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