National Opinion Survey of Crime and Justice, 1995 (ICPSR 6720)

Principal Investigator(s): Flanagan, Timothy J., Sam Houston State University; Longmire, Dennis R., Sam Houston State University


The purpose of this survey was to provide legislators, public officials, and Texas residents with a reliable source of information about citizens' opinions and attitudes concerning crime and criminal justice related-topics. The data collection consists of two distinctly different files, National Data (Part 2) and Texas Data (Part 1), which can be linked or used separately for analysis. The survey questions concern neighborhood atmosphere and presentation of crime in the media, worries regarding possible attacks--both robbery and physical attacks, confidence in and opinions of police and their effectiveness, problems dealing with courts, and attitudes regarding prisoners and prisons, drug laws and drug problems, and juvenile gangs. Other questions focused on attitudes concerning the death penalty, guns, and the availability of firearms. The National Data file contains additional information expanding on the respondent's sources of crime news and gang-related questions. Demographic information on respondents includes sex, age, race, income, education, and religion.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS1:  Texas Data - Download All Files (1.533 MB)
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DS2:  National Data - Download All Files (2.479 MB)
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ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   

Study Description


Flanagan, Timothy J., and Dennis R. Longmire. National Opinion Survey of Crime and Justice, 1995. ICPSR06720-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter- university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996.

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This study was funded by:

  • Texas House of Representatives (HR 469)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, capital punishment, courts, crime, criminal justice system, drug law offenses, fear of crime, firearms, gangs, handguns, media coverage, neighborhoods, police effectiveness, prison inmates, prisons, public opinion

Geographic Coverage:    Texas, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1995

Date of Collection:   

  • 1995-06-02--1995-06-26

Universe:    Individuals in the continental United States with a telephone in their residence.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The survey employed a random sampling design. The response rate from Texans is 64% and 65% from the rest of the nation.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

Restrictions: In order to preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-02-13

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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