The role of race/ethnicity and race relations on public opinion related to the rreatment of blacks by the police

Shaun L. Gabbidon, George E. Higgins

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Abstract

Previous research has identified strong effects of race on the evaluations of police performance. This research expands on past research by investigating public opinion related to Black treatment by the police. Recent Gallup poll data were examined to determine whether race and ethnicity influenced citizens' views on the treatment of Blacks in comparison to Whites by the police. In addition, the authors examined whether race relations affected citizens' views on the treatment of Blacks by the police. On both fronts, support was found for the influence of these factors. Demographic variables such as age, gender, education, employment status, region, and political ideology were also significantly related to public opinion regarding the perceived treatment of Blacks by the police. After contextualizing these results, the authors discuss the implication of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-115
Number of pages14
JournalPolice Quarterly
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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