Violent crime is a key concern for many registered voters when it comes to this year’s midterm election on November 8th. Statistics from the Pew Research Center show insight on registered voters’ perceptions of violent crime and how these perceptions differ among groups.
Approximately 61% of registered voters think violent crime is major component for selecting a candidate to vote for in this year’s election. Violent crime is considered as important as energy policy and health care in regards to midterm election issues, but is far below the economy according to a survey by the Pew Research Center in October.
Republican voters are more likely than Democratic voters to perceive violent crime as an important voting issue. Nearly 73% of registered Republican voters think that violent crime is a crucial issue to their vote, even more so with conservative Republican voters with around eight out of ten (77%) seeing violent crime as an important factor to their vote.
In comparison, only 49% of registered Democrat or Democratic-leaning voters view violent crime as a key issue. Moderate or liberal Republicans are only 63% likely to see violent crime important to their vote, and the number decreases to 65% for moderate or conservative Democrats and only 34% for liberal Democratic voters.
Older voters are far more likely to see violent crime as an important election issue. Three quarters of registered voters 65 and older view violent crime as a foremost issue and only 40% of voters under 30 have this perception.
Black voters are significantly more likely to see violent crime as a very important midterm election issue. Approximately 81% of registered black voters say violent crime is important to the midterm, while the issue is less concerning for Hispanic voters (65%) and white voters (56%). Compared to other ethnic groups, Black Americans have continually been more likely to demonstrate distress in regards to violent crime, according to Pew. The differences are particularly noticeable in registered Democratic voters. Statistics show that 81% of black Democrats say violent crime is very important to their vote, and only a third of white Democratic voters say the same.