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Study Report

Study Number: GA-004-002-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1977

Subject Area: Legal Systems

Bibliographic Citation: Public image of courts, 1977: special publics data.  [machine-readable data file] / Law Enforcement Assistance Administration  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7704

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook; microfiche (shared with GA-004-001); OSIRIS dictionary on tape.

Abstract: The surveys represent national studies of attitudes toward courts and justice. They sought to measure perceptions of and experiences with local, state, and federal courts as well as general attitudes toward the administration of justice and legal actors. The general objectives of the studies were to 1) determine levels of public knowledge of courts, 2) test reactions to situations which might, or might not, prompt recourse to courts, 3) determine the incidence, nature, and evaluations of court experience, 4) describe and account for evaluations of court performance, 5) indicate attitudes toward legal actors, 6) indicate reactions to alternative means of dispute resolution. Two samples were drawn: a national sample of the general public and a ''special publics'' sample of judges, lawyers, and community leaders. The 1,931 respondents in the general public sample were interviewed in person by the National Consumer Field Staff of Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc. The 1,111 respondents in the special publics sample were interviewed by a special group of interviewers described as ''retired business executives specially trained to interview leadership groups.'' All interviews took place from October to December 1977. There are 10 cards of data per respondent in the general public sample and 9 per respondent in the special publics sample.

SUBJECT TERMS: court systems. judges. judicial activities. justice. United States.


United States Department of Justice. ''The Public Image of Courts: Highlights of a National Survey of the General Public, Judges, Lawyers, and Community Leaders,'' a summary report prepared by Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc., 1978. United States Department of Justice. ''The Public Image of Courts: A National Survey of the General Public, Judges, Lawyers, and Community Leaders'' (2 Vols.), a complete report prepared by Yankelovich, Skelly, and White, Inc., 1978.

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