You know, I think the very best place to go to for how Athenians looked at Socrates is Aristophanes’s The Clouds . In the Apology Plato argues that Socrates’s precarious position in Athens was in very large part due to Aristophanes, but I think, from my reading, Aristophanes wasn’t so much shaping opinion, as following it. Aristophanes’s attack on Socrates is what we’d call today a “populist” attack — he’s attacking Socrates as some kind of out-of-touch elitist, whose techniques and teaching work a corrupting influence on the basic decency of the Athenian demos. So, while I don’t deny that the powers that be had it in for Socrates, he wasn’t all that well received by the folks at large, either. Report
Socrates tells Crito that he is one of those people who must be guided by reason, while Crito has insisted that he be obeyed in this matter regardless of whether he has convinced Socrates. Socrates claims that he was serious at his trial about not fearing death. He expresses contempt for the opinions of the masses of mankind who think irrationally and act randomly. Socrates says that the only person whose opinion is of value is the one who understands justice.  Money, reputation and feeding children are values of thoughtless men.  The question is whether it would be unjust for Socrates to escape, not what people would think about him.