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NOTE: We already have an item about the death penalty. This item should attempt to capture questions about the general nature of criminal punishment. Are we too lenient on criminals? Are criminals punished too harshly? 

Below are 45 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 7 types:

[ Political Parties | Rehabilitation | Rights of Criminals | Root Causes | Specific Crimes | Spending | Stiffer Punishments? ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Political Parties
 

Where would the respondent place political parties on a scale of punishing criminals vs. protecting the rights of the accused?

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VCF0524 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0525 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004


Category 2:Rehabilitation
 

Should the criminal justice system devote more attention to the rehabilitation of criminals/develop alternatives to jail?

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LESSJAIL from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

PRISONS2 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DTREHBCR from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009

AGREE1CC from July 2003 Values Update Survey


Category 3:Rights of Criminals
 

How does respondent feel about protecting the rights of criminals/the accused?

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VCF0832 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

STD_CRIM from Carnegie Council National Surveys of Higher Education, Graduate Student Sample (1975)

CONCOURT from Carnegie Foundation National Survey of Higher Education, Faculty Sample (1975)


Category 4:Root Causes
 

Does the respondent believe society should attempt to address root causes of crime, or focus more on punishing criminals?

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SOCPROB1 from American National Election Studies, 2000


Category 5:Specific Crimes
 

This question type asks about punishments for specific crimes

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GUNSDRUG from General Social Survey, 2006

ALTSENT from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DRUNKS from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

W1P16 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

HATECR2B from Southern Focus Poll, Oversample Survey, Spring 1996


Category 6:Spending
 

Attitude about spending on criminal punishment

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CRIME from American National Election Studies, 2004

LESSCRIM from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

FED_SP6 from American National Election Studies, 2002

FEDSPP15 from American National Election Studies, 2002

FEDSPP16 from American National Election Studies, 2002

LESSCRIM from Houston Area Survey, 2010

PRISONS from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks


Category 7:Stiffer Punishments?
 

Is the court system too lenient on criminals?

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COURTS from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Q39I from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

COURTS from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

COURTS from General Social Survey, 2002

PUNISH from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

COURTS from General Social Survey, 2004

COURTS from General Social Survey, 2006

COURTS from General Social Survey, 2000

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1990

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1996

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1988

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1991

STIFFPUN from General Social Survey, 1991

I1LAWS from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

SC4HARSH from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1998

V158A from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

V158B from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1976

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1980

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1978

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1994

COURTS from General Social Survey, 1993



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