Twenty years ago, the public called crime and violence the most important problem facing the United States, topping out at 52 percent in 1994 according to Gallup. Currently, only 2 percent see it as the most important problem. Violent crime has fallen 42 percent in 18 years.

Sources: Gallup; FBI; Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice | Tobey/The Washington Post August 18, 2013
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