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This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Chapter 5: Working with Variables
Working with Variables
How Americans feel about crime and criminal justice is shaped powerfully by how they look at political issues more generally. In this chapter, we examine several items in the GSS data set about politics. Later we will study how these political questions are linked to criminal justice questions.
Political Views: Liberalism versus Conservatism
We start our examination of political orientation with POLVIEWS. Let's see what that variable measures. Use the “Frequencies” command to find out.
As you can see, POLVIEWS taps into basic political philosophy, ranging from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. As you might expect, most people are clustered near the center, with fewer numbers on either extreme.
As we continue to use this variable in our analyses, we will probably want to ...