Monday, April 15, 2024

Press Tries to Deny that Crime is Up

SciAm reports:
Why We Believe the Myth of High Crime Rates

The crime issue, a focus of the 2024 presidential election, is sometimes rooted in the misplaced fears of people who live in some of the safest places ...

The overwhelming consensus is that crime is only getting worse. According to a Gallup poll, in late 2022, 78 percent of Americans contended that there was more crime than there used to be.

These perceptions would make sense if they were accurate, but they aren’t. Crime, in fact, is down in the U.S., ...

There are many reasons for these attitudes. Partisanship plays a growing role in fueling these perspectives.

The truth is more nearly the opposite. The Wash. Post did a poll to compare US violent crime in 2023 to 2019. 57% correctly answered that crime was higher in 2023, while only 11% of Post readers did.

In other words, crime is up, and the major news and science media are on a propaganda campaign to convince us otherwise.

1 comment:

MikeAdamson said...

It would be more useful to measure the crime rate itself rather than people's impressions of the crime rate.