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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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Crime, Perceived Criminal Injustice, and Electoral Politics

Crime, Perceived Criminal Injustice, and Electoral Politics

(p.323) Chapter 18 Crime, Perceived Criminal Injustice, and Electoral Politics
Improving Public Opinion Surveys

Ross L. Matsueda

Kevin Drakulich

John Hagan

Lauren J. Krivo

Ruth D. Peterson

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the effects of perceived criminal injustice on voting behavior as well as on other important outcomes. Using data from the 2006 ANES Pilot Study, the chapter begins by examining the measurement properties of a set of survey items tapping perceptions of criminal injustice and then incorporates those items into a model of voting behaviors, controlling for demographic characteristics, political efficacy, political ideology, and political partisanship. It reveals that perceived criminal injustice has systematic and theoretically meaningful demographic and attitudinal correlates. In addition, these analyses demonstrate that perceived injustice has both direct and indirect effects on turnout and vote choice, above and beyond the expected standard predictors.

Keywords:   criminal injustice, voting behaviors, perceived injustice, perceived criminal injustice, vote choice

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