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Questions - Crime - June 25-26, 2011

63% Favor Death Penalty, 47% Say It Deters Crime
47% See U.S. Justice System As Fair To Most Americans, 34% Don't
41% See Higher Crime Over Past Year, 84% Predict Economy Will Cause More
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted June 25-26, 2011

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How serious a problem is crime in America today?



2* Over the past year, has crime in your community increased, decreased or stayed about the same?



3* How likely is it that the current economic conditions in the country will lead to increased crime?



4* Which is a bigger problem for the U.S. law enforcement and legal system—that too many innocent people are arrested or that too many criminals are set free?



5* Is the U.S. system of justice fair to most Americans?



6* Is the U.S. system of justice fair to poor Americans?



7* Is the U.S. system of justice fair to black and Hispanic Americans?



8* Do you favor or oppose the death penalty?



9* Does the death penalty help to deter crime?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence