Majorities of Americans believe (correctly) that violent crime has increased this year compared to last year and (incorrectly) compared to the early 1990s. Fewer feel this impact locally, particularly those in suburban and rural areas, and largely feel safe when in their community.
- More than six in ten Americans (61%) believe violent crime is up since last year and more than half (58%) believe violent crime is up compared to the early 1990s.
- Fewer (31%), believe crime is up in their community and nearly three quarters (72%) feel safe when they are out — up from 56% in September of 2020.
- The picture is slightly different for urban residents, where crime has increased the most. Four in ten urbanites believe crime is up in their community, compared to about a quarter of those that live in suburban (27%) or rural areas (27%). Similarly, Americans in urban areas are less likely to feel safe in their community (65%) than those in suburban (75%) and rural (79%) areas.