Date registered: Sep 2004
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Crime & Punishment in England
Dated (2003), but interesting anyway. I wonder what effect this summer's bombings have had on the English public?
The uncovered poll
Nearly half of all britons have been a victim of crime.
67 per cent support the death penalty.
Nearly a quarter of us would be tempted to carry a gun if the law allowed it.
55 per cent believe certain ethnic groups are more likely to commit crime.
This special Observer poll reveals a nation eager to get tough
Sunday April 27, 2003
Perception and reality
Do you believe that crime levels in this country have risen, fallen or stayed the same compared to 10 years ago?
Stayed the same 22%
In which one of the following scenarios do you feel you are most likely to be the victim of a crime?
Walking in the street 55%
In a pub or club 19%
At home 14%
Using public transport 12%
Have you ever been a victim of crime?
Have you ever been the victim of any of the following crimes?
Violent assault 9%
Road rage 8%
Which of the following crimes do you personally fear the most?
Physical attack 28%
Has anyone you know ever been the victim of a crime?
Has anyone you know ever been the victim of any of the following crimes?
Violent assault 22%
Road rage 15%
Did you report the crime? (Asked of all those who have been victims of each crime)
Yes Reported it
Violent assault 86%
Do you believe that communities should play a greater role in trying to eradicate crime or do you think the responsibility should be left entirely to the police?
Communities should play a greater role 65%
Responsibility should be left to the police 35%
Do you have a neighbourhood watch scheme in your area?
Are you actively involved in the neighbourhood watch scheme? (Asked of all those who have a scheme in their area)
Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable for householders to use potentially deadly force to protect their property against intruders?
Protection and prevention
Would you support or oppose the introduction of a national ID card?
In which of the following public places do you believe it is acceptable to install CCTV cameras for security purposes?
Shopping precinct 84%
Residential streets 68%
Public toilets 45%
At work 29%
None of these places 2%
If the law were changed to allow possession of registered handguns, would you be tempted to carry a gun for protection?
Do you currently carry any of the following on a regular basis for self-protection purposes?
Rape alarm 4%
Which of the following initiatives do you believe would be most effective at reducing crime levels in this country?
More police on the street 29%
Harsher sentencing 28%
Better discipline in schools and at home 18%
More activities for young people to get involved in 13%
Eradicating poverty 9%
Community initiatives such as neighbourhood watch 3%
From the following list, indicate the one measure most likely to make you feel safer
More police on foot 47%
More use of CCTV 21%
More police in cars 15%
Additional street lighting 6%
Neighbourhood watch scheme 6%
Cheaper home security measures 5%
Do you believe that the police are adequately equipped (in terms of numbers and resources) to deal with crime?
Do you support or oppose the introduction of private police forces and security groups to assist the police?
If you were to witness a street mugging how do you think you would react?
Call the police 57%
Intervene to try and stop it 30%
Leave it to others to deal with 13%
The making of a criminal
Which of the following do you believe is the single greatest factor in the creation of a criminal?
Family upbringing 39%
Economic deprivation 23%
Peer group pressure 15%
Natural inclination 12%
Media and culture (eg violent films and music) 9%
None of these 2%
Do you believe that on-screen violence (in the form of films, television and computer games) encourages violence in society?
Do you believe there are certain ethnic groups who are more likely to commit crime?
Which of the following ethnic groups do you think are most likely to commit crime? (Asked of all respondents who believe that certain ethnic groups are more likely to commit crime)
Black Caribbean 34%
Eastern European 32%
Black African 28%
White British 19%
Do you believe that an influx of asylum seekers will lead to higher crime rates in Britain?
Do you believe that crime levels are a top priority issue for the present government?
Do you believe that Government initiatives can have a significant impact upon crime levels, or do you believe governments are powerless in their attempt to tackle crime?
Government initiatives can have a significant impact 59%
The Government is powerless in attempts to tackle crime 41%
Do you agree or disagree with the proposed change in the law that will allow individuals found innocent when tried initially to be re-tried for the same crime at a later date?
Do you believe that the death penalty should be re-introduced in Britain for certain crimes?
Yes 67% No 33%
Which of the following crimes do you think should be punished with the death penalty? (Asked of all those who support the re-introduction of the death penalty for certain crimes)
Drug dealing 13%
Do you believe someone convicted of date rape should receive a different sentence to someone convicted of raping a stranger?
Yes - it should be a longer sentence for the date rapist 15%
Yes - it should be a shorter sentence for the date rapist 12%
No - it should make no difference to the sentence 73%
Which of the following judicial sentences do you think are most appropriate for someone convicted of viewing pornographic images of children over the internet?
Non-custodial - added to the sex offenders register 10%
Prison sentence - up to 1 year 7%
Prison sentence - 1 to 2 years 11%
Prison sentence - 3 to 5 years 20%
Prison sentence - 6 to 10 years 16%
Prison sentence - 11+ years 34%
None of these 2%
There is no tolerance for child-related sex crimes. Most striking is the 34 per cent who believe the sentence should be in excess of 10 years (39 per cent of women; 29 per cent of men). Do you believe a life sentence should always mean life imprisonment, ie prison for the rest of your life?
Would you support or oppose the introduction of a 'three strikes and you're out' scheme whereby offenders automatically receive a prison sentence if they are convicted of any three crimes?
Do you believe prison should be used, primarily, as punishment, a deterrent or as rehabilitation?
Do you support or oppose measures to reduce the prison population in this country by electronically tagging them, and making them serve their sentence outside of prison?
Have you ever been in prison?
Do you know anyone who has been in prison?
Do you believe that under-18s charged with serious crimes such as murder should be prosecuted as adults?
Do you believe that under-18s found guilty of committing serious crimes such as murder should be treated more leniently than adults?