Public Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System and Criminal Victimization in North Carolina, 1971 (ICPSR 7670)

Principal Investigator(s): Richardson, Richard, et al.


This data collection contains the results of a survey of North Carolinians' attitudes about crime. The survey was conducted in 1971 by the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. The purpose of the study was to assist agencies in assessing public attitudes toward policies in effect or under consideration, and to measure crime in the state. Questions were asked regarding citizen attitudes toward crime (e.g., the most important problem facing the country, the meaning of "law and order", and the degree of worry about and precaution taken by respondents against personal and property crimes), the frequency of respondents' criminal victimization, the reporting of crime by respondents, the amount of contact and satisfaction with criminal justice agencies such as the police, and respondents' attitudes toward the agencies that were part of the legal justice system in North Carolina. Other data include respondents' receipt of government scholarships, loans, and social services, and information about respondents' political participation, party/candidate support, feelings of political efficacy, and voting history. In addition, respondents were asked the degree of their knowledge and sources of information about federal district court decisions (e.g., on school busing in North Carolina), drug arrests, and the North Carolina Council on Crime and Delinquency. Demographic data include household composition, race, age, sex, marital status, occupation, military service, and length of residence.

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Study Description


Richardson, Richard, et al. Public Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System and Criminal Victimization in North Carolina, 1971. ICPSR07670-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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This study was funded by:

  • North Carolina Bureau of Local Affairs. Division of Law and Order

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    citizen attitudes, citizen crime reporting, crime, criminal justice policy, criminal justice system, police citizen interactions, police performance, political participation, public opinion, social problems, sources of information, victimization

Geographic Coverage:    North Carolina, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1971-03--1971-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 1971-03--1971-07

Universe:    The adult, noninstitutionalized population of North Carolina.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Some of the information from this data collection has been restricted for reasons of confidentiality. Restricted information includes the race, sex and age of the interviewer, city/place names, and enumeration district or block group used in drawing the sample. Persons interested in making use of this information should contact ICPSR. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    A probability household sample was selected by stratification and cluster procedures. Randomization was employed in the selection of 120 interview points for households and individuals within households. The data were stratified by five geographic regions of the state and within geographic regions by the residence, race, age, and sex of respondents.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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