Friday, November 2, 2007
A week's worth of data, compiled from the last five editions of our daily email newsletter.
In a recent ABC News/"Good Morning America" poll on immigration, a solid majority of Americans said that they "often" come in contact with people in this country who mostly speak Spanish, and another 23 percent said this "sometimes" happens. When these people were asked whether it bothered them or not, a third said it did. Source: ABC News/"Good Morning America," September 2007.
More Crime in My Neighborhood?
More Crime in My Neighborhood?Gallup recently asked people whether there was more or less crime in their neighborhood compared to one year ago. A bare majority (51 percent) responded “more,” while 29 percent said “less,” and 17 percent said it was about the same. These responses have varied considerably since Gallup first asked the question in 1972. Americans are more pessimistic now about the national situation than they are about the local one, a trend commonly observed in polling. Seventy-one percent in the new poll said that they thought there was more crime in the U.S. compared to one year ago. When asked what they do to protect themselves, the largest percentage (48 percent) said they avoid going to certain places. Fourteen percent carry mace or pepper spray, 12 percent a knife, and 12 percent a gun.
That’s what the data collected by Harris Interactive tell us about the government’s “Do Not Call” registry. The pollsters report that 86 percent of adults are aware of the Federal Trade Commission’s registry, and nearly three quarters (72 percent) have signed up. (As of September 2003, only 32 percent had signed up). It appears to be working. Only 7 percent say they receive “about as many” or “more” telemarketing phone calls than they did prior to signing up. In related news, a coalition of consumer groups has suggested a “Do Not Track” registry that would allow people to prevent companies from tracking the websites they visit. Source: Harris Interactive, October 2007.