“This book should be made a part of any college level library that features holdings in social sciences. … Americans View Crime and Justice presents a national public opinion survey and its results on the issues. These edited results of a survey conducted in 1995 examine such issues as gun control, capital punishment, and juvenile crime, offering public opinion along with the analyses of a panel of criminologists.” –The Midwest Book Review Readable and carefully edited, Americans View Crime and Justice reports and analyzes results from the recent National Crime and Justice Survey (NCJS), the richest and most wide-ranging investigation of public opinion on crime and justice issues in more than a decade. Conducted in June 1995, the survey features responses from 1,000 adults in the United States on now-volatile issues such as fear of crime, gun control, capital punishment, juvenile crime, and additional related topics of national concern. A distinguished panel of criminologists analyzes the collected data in this volume to present a comprehensive report on the development and current status of public opinion on these timely issues. Divided into three sectionscontext and framework; findings; and opinion, policy, and science—this authoritative volume also analyzes the implications of the survey data. Providing interesting insights and timely quantification of Americans' view of crime and justice, this volume offers a unique view of public opinion particularly important to the work of researchers, law enforcement personnel, policy makers, public officials, and students of criminology and criminal justice, law, and political science.

The National Opinion Survey on Crime and Justice—1995: Development and Methods

The national opinion survey on crime and justice—1995: Development and methods

The National Opinion Survey on Crime and Justice—1995 is a national assessment of public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice. The survey was designed and commissioned by the Criminal Justice Center's Survey Research Program at Sam Houston State University during early 1995.

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss and outline (a) the development of the instrument used in the survey, (b) the sampling design, and (c) the sample weighting procedures. In addition, a description of the respondents will be included along with a discussion of various statistical methods used to prepare the data for analyses.

Instrument Design

The purpose of the survey was to query ...

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