November 17, 2017
On November 3, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was tackled while riding on his lawn mower by the man who has been his next-door neighbor for the past 17 years, Dr. Rene Boucher—breaking six of the legislator’s ribs and catapulting suburban scuffles onto the front-page news. While nobody knows the reason for the conflict, it turns out that such skirmishes are not that uncommon. In fact, according to the findings of a poll conducted last year by North American Moving Services, fully half of Americans currently have a dispute with a neighbor—and 40% say they have lived next to a “neighbor from hell.”
Indeed, the researchers found, 6% of respondents admitted to getting into a physical altercation over a problem; 25% had called the police; and 13% said they had moved at one time just to get away from a neighborhood dispute. What’s more, if they haven’t yet departed, two out of three with a neighbor problem have considered moving away. And 20% have cursed at a neighbor in frustration.
In fact, 10% are afraid of their neighbors; and 27% say that the people on their block have invaded their privacy.
What are the three main causes of hostility toward adjoining families? North American Moving says that 36% of respondents admitted they have warred over the behavior of pets on the cul-de-sacs; 33% said they asked their neighbors to turn down the volume of their music; and 25% have been woken up by noise created by construction activities, leaf blowers and other high-volume equipment.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll, among a sample of 2,000 U.S. adults.
Research contact: Andy Kroll (800-348-3476)