Public opinions toward the police in Canada

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  • This study will examine a causal model of the determinants of Opinions Toward the Police (ATPolice). A secondary data analysis was conducted and data was utilized from the 2009, General Social Survey Cycle 23. The sampling frame consisted of 19,422 respondents who participated in telephone interview surveys. In this study the researcher found that age, gender, ethnicity, and location influenced ATPolice for the most part through the following intervening variables: police legitimacy, fear of crime, victimization, attitude toward the justice system, lifestyle, and discrimination respectively. It was found that the strongest predictor of ATPolice was police legitimacy, police contact as an intervening variable was only found to have a correlation with ATPolice, and those respondents who feel safe from crime in their neighbourhoods are more likely to have a positive ATPolice.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International