10/06/2011 03:39 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

'Obama Effect' On Crime (VIDEO)

His approval ratings may be dismal, but some think President Obama may be responsible for the continually declining crime rate.

Slate reports that conventional criminological thinking would predict that crime would go up in the midst of economic hardship. But even as the economy remains sickly, crime continues to drop.

Some experts think Obama may be responsible. Essentially, the argument is that Obama's election has created such collective inspiration that it has changed the thinking and the behavior of would-be criminals.