The role of race/ethnicity and race relations on public opinion related to the immigration and crime link

George E. Higgins, Shaun L. Gabbidon, Favian Martin

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Abstract

This article examines two hypotheses related to public opinion concerning immigration and crime. Using data from a recent Gallup poll with oversamples of Hispanics and Blacks, the research examined whether race/ethnicity and race relations matter in the public's opinion of the connection between immigration and crime. After a series of models were performed, results of the final model revealed that race relations, gender (specifically, being male), race/ethnicity, and immigrant status are influential in contextualizing public opinion on the topic. The meaning and policy implications of these findings are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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