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Law-and-order politics, public-opinion polls, and the media

Casey, Sharon and Mohr, Philip 2005, Law-and-order politics, public-opinion polls, and the media, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 141-151.

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Title Law-and-order politics, public-opinion polls, and the media
Author(s) Casey, Sharon
Mohr, Philip
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 141
End page 151
Publisher Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Summary Over the past two decades, considerable political rhetoric has focused on the need to get tough on crime. Justification for this hard-line approach has been the public's apparent concem about rising crime rates and its increasing dissatisfaction with criminal sentencing. In this paper, we consider characteristics both of the measurement of public opinion and of the influences upon public opinion that may contribute to the depiction of a fearful, punitive community. In particular, we identify sources of bias in the methods and contexts of opinion-polling that promote a distorted representation of the discrepancy between community expectations of sentencing and the practices of the judiciary. We argue that the practices of pollsters, politicians, and media combine to create a self-sustaining obstacle to considered community discussion of crime and criminal sentencing.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032070

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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