Public Attitudes Toward Deviant Behavior, 1972: Iowa, New Jersey, and Oregon (ICPSR 8480)

Principal Investigator(s): Tittle, Charles R.


The specific purpose of this study was to gather data concerning individuals' perceptions of the likelihood of being caught and punished for committing various minor offenses. However, this study also provides data on several other topics ranging from the respondent's opinion on the importance of following social norms to self-reports of deviant behavior.

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Study Description


Tittle, Charles R. PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARD DEVIANT BEHAVIOR, 1972: IOWA, NEW JERSEY, AND OREGON. Boca Raton, FL: Florida Atlantic University, Institute of Behavioral Research [producer], 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (GS-31744)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    conformity, crime, human behavior, law enforcement, social attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972

Universe:    Individuals aged 15 and over from New Jersey, Iowa, and Oregon.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Cards 1, 2, 3, and 7, contained more data than were documented in the codebook. These additional variables were recoded to zeros. PART


Sample:    Samples of the population aged 15 and over in New Jersey, Iowa, and Oregon were drawn by using area probability techniques to identify households. Individual respondents within identified households were then randomly selected for interviews and two callbacks were used to maximize the possibility of including those specific individuals.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-08-18

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