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Whites, Minorities Have Different Views on Crime

By Alabama Public Radio

Auburn, AL – A new poll shows some differences between the feelings of white and minority Alabamians when it comes to property and violent crime. The telephone survey of more than 600 Alabamians was released Friday and conducted by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University in January. It says 33 percent of white respondents felt very safe from property crime, compared to only 17 percent of minorities surveyed. Also, 40 percent of white respondents felt very safe from violent crime, while only 18 percent of the minorities surveyed felt that way. Pollster Jim Seroka says the reason for that insecurity is because minorities are twice as likely to be victims or know victims of crimes.

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