Survey: Sour Economy Spurs Gang Violence


A survey conducted in June by Harris Interactive shows that 71 percent of people believe the increase of gang violence among youth is a result of the downturn in the economy, reported the Associated Press.

As many as 1,022 adults, ages 18 and above, were interviewed between June 26 and June 29 by phone. The survey focused on the root causes of gang violence.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed believe the main cause of gang violence is a lack of adult supervision. Furthermore, 15 percent believe poverty is the main cause, while 13 percent said it’s a lack of education.

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults said prevention and outreach is more effective in fighting gang violence than law enforcement.

The poll was paid for by the nonprofit organization World Vision of Federal Way, Wash. The organization, which combats youth violence around the world, commissioned the survey to support its lobbying on behalf of the Youth Promise Act. The bill is being considered by Congress, and if approved, would give money to communities for violence prevention programs.

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