Picture of a Panic: Fear of Crime and Actual Crime
The Gallup Poll does a great job of juxtaposing two trends. On the one hand, we have Americans who are consistently convinced each year that crime has worsened compared to the year before:
And on the other hand, we have actual crime report data from the Department of Justice, which shows that violent crime has been falling year after year:
The property crime rate is falling too, by the way.
Cut it out.