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NCJ Number: 229870 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring the Influence of Race Relations and Public Safety Concerns on Public Support for Racial Profiling During Traffic Stops
Journal: International Journal of Police Science and Management  Volume:12  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2010  Pages:12-22
Author(s): George Higgins; Shaun Gabbidon; Gennaro Vito
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 11
Publisher: http://www.vathek.com 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Using data gathered from a 2004 Gallup poll, this study examined whether perceptions of bad race relations fed the perception that racial profiling was justified and widespread, and whether personal feelings of safety were related to citizens' opinions regarding police practices.
Abstract: The findings from this study indicate that citizens' views about race relations influence public opinion on racial profiling while perceptions of safety related to physical harm and violence do not. The study explored two hypotheses related to the influence of race relations and perceptions of safety on public opinion regarding racial profiling in traffic stops. Data for this study came from a 2004 poll conducted by the Gallup Organization that examined the perceptions of Whites and racial/ethnic minorities on a variety of issues. The sample included more than 2,000 individuals with an oversampling of Blacks (n=800) and Hispanics (n=500). The oversampling required the use of sampling weights, which allows the results to be generalized to the entire United States. Logistic regression was used to test the connection between race relations, perceptions of safety, and perceptions that racial profiling is justified, and to test the connection between race relations, perceptions of safety, and the perception that racial profiling is widespread. The results of the analyses are mixed and show the need for continuing efforts to improve race relations. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Profiling
Index Term(s): Crime surveys; Ethnic groups; Minority overrepresentation; Perception; Personal Security/Self Protection; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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