While views of and experiences with police vary substantially across demographic groups, there is support for a number of police reforms.
Americans are closely divided over whether people convicted of crimes spend too much, too little or about the right amount of time in prison.
The U.S. murder rate rose 30% between 2019 and 2020 – the largest single-year increase in more than a century.
Amid mounting public concern about violent crime in the U.S., Americans’ attitudes about police funding in their own community have shifted.
Currently, 55% of U.S. adults express at least some support for the Black Lives Matter movement, unchanged from a year ago.
The nationwide incarceration rate is 810 prison or jail inmates for every 100,000 adult residents ages 18 and older.
Here’s a closer look at public opinion on the death penalty, as well as key facts about the nation’s use of capital punishment.
Nearly eight-in-ten U.S. adults (78%) say there is some risk an innocent person will be put to death, and 63% say the death penalty does not deter people from committing serious crimes.
Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to say prosecuting those who broke in on Jan. 6 is very important and that penalties for them will likely be less severe than they should be.
A majority of Republicans say the GOP should not be accepting of Republican officials who openly criticize Donald Trump.