ESS: Feeling of safety of walking alone in local area after dark?

In European Social Survey, the following question is asked:

How safe do you – or would you – feel walking alone in this area after dark? Do – or would – you feel…

Caterogical answers were given, such as: 
1 – Very safe
2 – Safe
3 – unsafe
4 – Very unsafe
Mean score value was calculated from the answers and tabulated according to gender and marital status, as seen below, with the comparison of year 2002, 2004 and 2006:

Gender Marital Status 2002 2004 2006
Male Married   1.81 1.89 1.84
Separated   1.85 1.93 1.87
Divorced   1.81 1.89 1.83
Widowed   2.00 2.10 2.03
Never married   1.71 1.78 1.76
Overall average 1.79 1.87 1.82
Female Married   2.15 2.22 2.18
Separated   2.28 2.31 2.25
Divorced   2.20 2.32 2.29
Widowed   2.38 2.44 2.45
Never married   2.17 2.22 2.20
Overall average 2.19 2.26 2.23
Total  2.00 2.08 2.05

MeThink: on average…
– women feel less safe as compared to men.
– both gender feel the least safe on year 2004 but improve on year 2006.
– for men, the feeling of safety: never married > divorced > married > separated > widowed.
– OTOH, the women feel the safety vs. marital status: married > never married > divorced > separated > widowed.

Source:
1. European Social Survey

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