Proposal for the 2016 Time Series: Electoral Politics and Perceptions of Crime

People’s perceptions of crime and justice matter in profound ways to political behavior. A series of events in the last few years—including the deaths of several African-American men at the hands of the police and the mass protests that followed—have brought substantial attention to crime and justice as social and political issues, especially in their connection to race. The recent surge in political attention may give the false impression that these issues are novel or transitory in their relevance to politics—in fact the intersection of race, crime, justice has a long history of relevance to politics. Given the urgent relevancy of these issues in light of recent events, we propose to include three sets of questions tapping into the intersection of race, crime, and justice in the 2016 American National Election Studies (ANES) Time Series survey. Each question has appeared in a prior survey conducted by the ANES and each has a demonstrated record of relevance to political behavior.

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