Latin Americans Least Likely Worldwide to Feel Safe

Clancy Bertane, Gallup, August 3, 2012

People living in Latin America and the Caribbean are the least likely in the world to personally feel safe in their communities, with slightly less than half of residents (46%) reporting in 2011 that they do not feel safe walking alone at night where they live.

People living in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Northern America—which includes the U.S. and Canada—were the most likely worldwide to feel safe. At least three in four residents in each of these regions reported feeling safe, but as it does elsewhere around the world, people’s sense of security varies by country. (Full country results are available at the end of this article.)


Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults per country in 148 countries and areas, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2011. {snip}

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  • Francis Galton

    Really, Lithuanians feel LESS safe than Iraqis (near-incessant acts of terrorism)?!

    Italians and Greeks feel less safe than Jamaicans (third highest murder rate in the world) and the Congolese (horrible by even Africa’s low standards)?!

    Americans feel equally as safe as the Sudanese (Darfur Genocide and recent secession)?!

    Assuming the study was conducted properly, here’s what I gather:

    Whites and non-Whites have STARKLY different conceptions of what constitutes “safety,” and by extension what constitutes “civilization” and “law and order.” This means that, ultimately, different cultures and races cannot peacefully coexist under the guise of one nation-state. It only leads to chaos and pandemonium.

    • The__Bobster

      Which only proves that some people are too stupid to realize that they are in danger.

      • Rocky Bass,

         Or the more cynical view, they lie to lure more “prey” races into the killing field.

    • Rocky Bass,

       Very accurate and concise take, this “study” absolutely proves multiculturalism is a farse and should be abandoned immediately.

  • Seems to indicate (Rwanda) a sociological level of denial, but the article is too sparse to go into depth. Should be combined with actual murder rates of said countries.

  • Rocky Bass,

     If the power went off in my area for a while, I would feel VERY SAFE. 🙂
    It’s almost to the point where I welcome some turmoil, a chance to get to return the fear wholesale. I trust I am not alone in being tired of being hunted.

  • crystal evans

    Rwanda is in the process of rebuilding after the 1994 massacre. There are many faith groups and other non profits working in the country. Rick Warren of the Saddleback megachurch in California has a group working in the country. There is also an Australian group called Hope Rwanda that has helped the schools in that country convert from teaching in French to now teaching in English. This group has also provided medical care to Rwandan citizens. They also have a built the Village of Hope which are homes for widows and orphans. In fact, there are refugees from the Congo in Rwanda trying to escape the civil war in that country.

  • IKantunderstand

    Of course Rwanda feels safe. There’s like 3 people who live there now. This is obviously the most bullshit survey ever done in the history of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Epiminondas

    If you factor out the large urban areas of the more advanced countries, you’ll find the remaining areas with “yes” votes probably above 90%.  And we know who lives in large urban areas, don’t we?

  • TheTruthHurts4

     Most blacks know how dangerous other blacks are.