Twice as many Americans say the justice system is “not tough enough” on crime rather than “too tough” — but the gap has narrowed considerably, a new survey released Monday reveals.
The Gallup Poll found that 41 percent of respondents said the criminal justice system is not tough enough compared to 21 percent who said it’s too tough. The remaining 35 percent said the justice system was “about right” in addressing crime.
The results are a far cry from a generation ago, when violent crime was a more pressing issue.
In 1992, 83 percent of Americans said the justice system wasn’t tough enough on crime. In 2000, 70 percent of respondents said the system wasn’t tough enough. But a variance by political party and race persists.
In the current survey, 58 percent of Republicans said the justice system wasn’t tough enough compared to just 25 percent of Democrats who believed the same.
Meanwhile 45 percent of white respondents said