Mini Poll: Conspiracy of Silence?

Do you believe that it is more difficult for police officers to identify people who commit crimes because of an anti-snitch culture?

Yes:
 96%
No:
 4%

How widespread do you think the anti-snitch culture is?

It is pervasive, in most neighborhoods and for all ages:
 17%
It exists in some neighborhoods, but not in all:
 70%
It is more likely to be found in the young and old, who believe themselves vulnerable:
 10%
Not very. Its extent is exaggerated by public officials, police, and the media.:
 4%

Which of the following do you believe is the most pervasive cause of an anti-snitch culture?

Mistrust of law enforcement:
 13%
Fear of retribution based on personal experience:
 54%
Examples of retribution found in television, movies, music:
 14%
A general sense of alienation from the wider community:
 11%
Willingness to take personal safety into one’s own hands:
 1%
A sense that siding with either authorities or criminals is unlikely to improve lives:
 7%

At which point in a crime would you begin thinking about ending your cooperation with authorities?

Calling 911:
 11%
Waiting for officers to arrive to get them started:
 2%
Cooperating in the early stages of an investigation:
 3%
Identifying perpetrators anonymously:
 6%
Showing up to testify:
 10%
I would do all those things without hesitation:
 68%

Do you believe that the use of rewards for information about violent crimes should be more widespread?

Yes:
 43%
Yes, because I think that using rewards only occasionally increases the sense that some victims are more important than others:
 28%
No:
 29%

Do you believe that tax dollars should be used to pay rewards for information about violent crimes?

Yes:
 33%
No, private sources are appropriate:
 51%
No rewards should be offered:
 16%

Do you believe that the use of social media, like Facebook and Twitter, and texting are effective ways to gather more information about violent crimes?

Yes:
 84%
No:
 16%

Would you be more likely to share information about a crime if you could do so anonymously using text messages and social media?

Yes:
 58%
No:
 42%

Do you believe that, generally, reporters should be required by law to share information learned about violent crimes during the course of their own investigations?

Yes:
 63%
No:
 37%

Should schools ban the display of clothing on their campuses that display sentiments that discourages snitching?

Yes:
 78%
No:
 22%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.