Public Opinion on Liberty as a Core American Value: Crime Control Versus Due Process

Catherine Jenks, California State University - Los Angeles
Tara O'Connor Shelley, Florida State University

ABSTRACT
A public opinion survey of citizen attitudes toward crime control and due process issues was conducted in the Southeastern United States during the fall of 2000. Responses indicate that citizens pay lip service to liberty in the abstract, but are willing to sacrifice liberty when it comes to concrete instances of social control. A crime control/due process index was constructed for use in subsequent analyses.

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