The Source for Crime and Justice Data

ABC News Poll of Public Opinion on Crime, December 1982 (ICPSR 8100)

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This special topic poll is part of a continuing series of monthly surveys that solicit public opinion on the presidency and on a range of other political and social issues. In this poll, respondents were questioned regarding their perceptions of crime and the criminal justice system. Questions assessed the respondents' fear of crime, perceptions of the seriousness of crime in the United States, evaluation of the judicial and penal systems, assessment of police performance, and confidence in the ability of the police to prevent crime. The poll also asked for respondents' opinions about President Ronald Reagan's policies, the state of the economy, and government spending. Demographic information was collected, including the respondent's sex, age, education level, race, and income level.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS POLL OF PUBLIC OPINION ON CRIME, DECEMBER 1982. Conducted by Chilton Research Services. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1983.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, correctional system, crime, crime prevention, criminal justice system, economic conditions, fear of crime, firearms, government spending, law enforcement, police performance, political attitudes, political issues, presidential performance, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1982-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 1982-12

Data Types:   survey data


Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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