The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics recently said violent crimes rates in the United States rose for the second consecutive year. Victimizations per 1,000 people rose from 19 in 2010 to 23 in 2011 and 26 in 2012.
However, results of the Gallup poll indicated slightly fewer respondents now than in 2011 -- 64 percent versus 68 percent -- said they believe crime in general is up over a year ago.
Despite a setback in battling crime during the past two years, U.S. residents are slightly more, rather than less, positive about the crime rate, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said. The majority says there has been more crime, but the percentage is important because the majority almost always says crime has increased, Gallup said.
While a majority says crime has risen, the percentage saying crime is up is lowest since 2004, Gallup said.
Concerning crime in their local areas, 41 percent said they believe crime is up in their area, down from 48 percent in 2011, Gallup said.
Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews conducted Oct. 3-6 with 1,039 adults. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.