It’s not what you might think…
A new Gallup poll found that Americans worry more about cybercrime than we do conventional crimes like burglary. Particularly with 2017 being the deadliest year for mass killings in over a decade, it’s a somewhat surprising find.
The poll found that 67 percent of adults frequently or occasionally worry about having their personal, credit card or financial information stolen by computer hackers. 66 percent of respondents worried about another cybercrime, identity theft. With significantly fewer percentages, the next two worries on the list are, respectively, having your car broken into or stolen and having your home burglarized. Interestingly, in spite of the past month’s revelations of sexual assault and harassment, the last fear on the list, with 6 percent, is being assaulted or killed by a coworker in the workplace.
The addition of cybercrime to the list of worries in Gallup’s poll happened in 2009. Since then, the statistic for Americans worried about cybercrime and identity theft has stayed fairly consistent at around 66 to 70 percent. It may seem like an unusually high number, but if you’ve ever received vague, ominous warnings from parents (and your aunt and uncles) about hackers or not using your credit card at a gas station, it kind of makes sense.
Gallup also explains it here:
Worry about cybercrime among U.S. adults may stem from it being more common, although substantial media coverage may contribute as well. Americans are more likely to report being the victim of cybercrimes than any of seven other crimes Gallup measures.
You can read the full report here.