Key takeaways on Americans’ views of guns and gun ownership
About four-in-ten Americans say they either own a gun themselves or live in a household with guns, and 48% say they grew up in a household with guns.
America’s Complex Relationship With Guns
Americans have broad exposure to guns, whether they personally own one or not. About seven-in-ten say they have fired a gun at some point and 42% currently live in a gun-owning household.
Majorities in Europe, North America worried about Islamic extremism
People across Europe and in the U.S. and Canada have pervasive concerns about the threat of Islamic extremism in their countries.
Roughly one-in-five police frequently feel angry and frustrated on the job
Officers’ feelings of frustration and anger are linked to views of the public and police tactics.
Most violent and property crimes in the U.S. go unsolved
In 2015, 47% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes tracked by the Bureau of Justice Statistics were reported to police.
5 facts about crime in the U.S.
Government data show that violent and property crime rates have both fallen in the long term – but official estimates vary widely, and public perceptions often don’t align with the data. Here are five key facts on crime.
A closer look at police officers who have fired their weapon on duty
About a quarter of all officers say they have ever fired their service weapon while on the job. Are some more likely than others to have fired their weapon in the line of duty?
Most officers say the media treat police unfairly
Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.
Police, public differ on key issues but align on others
The public and the police differ on issues ranging from an assault rifle ban to racial progress in the U.S., but their views align on other issues.
Female police officers’ on-the-job experiences diverge from those of male officers
Female police officers sometimes differ sharply from male officers in their views of policing and their experiences.