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ERIC Number: ED504028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
What Do Arizonans Think About Crime, Safety, and Trust? AZ Views. Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2008
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University
This report presents data from the Arizona Indicators Panel, a statewide representative sample of Arizonans conducted in May and July 2008. Most survey respondents named crime and public safety as among the top issues their officials should address, and nearly half said they thought crime was getting worse. Yet, despite strong concerns about crime, most respondents also said that their own neighborhoods are relatively safe places, and that they felt safe walking alone at night. Older, majority-group Arizonans and those with higher incomes and education levels and homes in Maricopa County (not including Phoenix) were more likely than other respondents to report concerns about crime and safety--even though most such individuals have been repeatedly found by other research to be generally less likely to become actual victims. Younger, non-working, and minority-group panelists with low incomes and little education were less likely to express concern about crime, even though they tended to feel less safe in their areas and were more likely to report that they actually had been victimized. Researchers call this finding the "fear/risk paradox." Panelists with a college degree or higher were also more likely to feel safe than those with less education. Those with less than a high-school education were more likely than more educated respondents to say that they did not feel safe. (Contains 4 notes.)
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University. P.O. Box 874405, 215 East 7th Street Suite 203, Tempe, AZ 85287-4405. Tel: 480-965-4525; Fax: 480-965-9219; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: Arizona