Almost three-quarters of people believe national crime levels are serious - but most think their local area is safe from criminals.
Amarach Research interviewed 1,500 people for the latest Garda Public Attitudes Survey for the third quarter of 2018.
It shows a notable gap between how crime levels are perceived locally and in the country as a whole.
The survey found that 71pc of people believe national crime to be either a serious or very serious problem.
But when it comes to their own area, just 18pc said local crime was either a serious or very serious problem.
Just over a third of those surveyed said they had no fear about crime in general, down from 39pc a year ago.
Some 68pc of victims who reported their crime said they were satisfied with the service provided by An Garda Síochána. This was up 17pc from the same period last year.
The public's trust in the force remains very high, at 91pc. However, 37pc said community relations with gardaí were poor, while 43pc believed gardaí are not dealing with the things that matter to people in their local area.
Commenting on the survey, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said more work needs to be done to meet the needs of local communities.