Proposal for the 2016 Pilot Study: Perceptions of the Police and Electoral Politics

In the past year, significant public attention has been paid to the treatment of African-American suspects by the police, the relationship between the police and the black community, and police practices more generally. Amongst this attention, it has become clear that substantial differences exist in the way people view the police—both across racial groups but also among whites. These perceptions of the police are highly relevant to political behavior. Based on this and following current research on perceptions of the police, we propose four sets of questions for the 2016 American National Election Studies (ANES) Pilot Survey that we expect will be related to political behavior. Specifically, we propose questions on perceptions of police misbehavior, efficacy, and legal cynicism, as well as questions about contact with the police.

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