Perceptions of crime

Jan 16, 2018

Q. Do you think the following types of crime have increased or decreased over the last few years?

  Increas-ed a lot Increas-ed a little Stayed about the same Decreas-ed a little Decreas-ed a lot Don’t know   Total increas-ed Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Drug-related crime 53% 23% 14% 3% 1% 6%   76% 76% 79% 65% 86%
Youth gang crime 49% 21% 17% 4% 2% 7%   70% 65% 73% 52% 86%
Domestic violence 32% 31% 25% 4% 2% 7%   63% 65% 65% 63% 66%
Violent crime – e.g. assault, murder 30% 30% 24% 6% 1% 8%   60% 58% 63% 53% 72%
Burglary 30% 27% 26% 7% 2% 7%   57% 56% 57% 49% 66%
White collar crime – e.g. fraud, corporate crime 24% 31% 30% 3% 2% 10%   55% 52% 61% 58% 55%
Car theft 27% 26% 28% 10% 2% 8%   53% 51% 55% 41% 58%

 

A majority believed that all crimes have increased.

More than two-thirds believe that drug-related crime (76%) and youth gang crime (70%) have increased – and about half think they have increased a lot.

Those more likely to think youth gang crime has increased were Liberal/National voters (73%), other party voters (86%) and aged 45+ (83%).

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