Gallup Poll: Quarter of Americans Victimized by Cybercrime

According to Gallup’s annual crime survey released today, 23 percent of Americans report that they or someone in their household had personal, credit card or financial information stolen by computer hackers in 2018. This reading is consistent with 2017 survey responses showing that 25 percent of Americans had experienced cybercrime.

Of the nine types of criminal activity named in the poll — including different types of theft, burglary, vandalism and assault — respondents were most likely to report being victimized by cybercrime. The second-ranked crime was identity theft, which was reported by 16 percent of respondents.

With 71 percent of Americans reporting worries about cybercrime — and 67 percent concerned about identity theft — the poll found that the public’s fears are supported by reported levels of victimization.