Americans fearful

Poll finds people more afraid of crime and violence

A new poll by Gallup finds that, more than anytime in the past 15 years, Americans are worried about crime and violence. The pollster theorizes that actual rises in violent crime, as well as increased media coverage of it, could be the culprit, but points to the fact that crime rates are down across the board compared to the 1990s. In addition, 44 percent of respondents said they are very concerned about drug use, compared with 34 percent in 2014. Here are some of the breakdowns among subgroups for those who responded that they worry “a great deal” about crime, compared with numbers from 2014.