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The role of race/ethnicity and race relations on public opinion related to the immigration and crime link

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  • Higgins, George E.
  • Gabbidon, Shaun L.
  • Martin, Favian

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This article examines two hypotheses related to public opinion concerning immigration and crime. Using data from a recent Gallup poll with oversamples of Hispanics and Blacks, the research examined whether race/ethnicity and race relations matter in the public's opinion of the connection between immigration and crime. After a series of models were performed, results of the final model revealed that race relations, gender (specifically, being male), race/ethnicity, and immigrant status are influential in contextualizing public opinion on the topic. The meaning and policy implications of these findings are also reviewed.

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  • Higgins, George E. & Gabbidon, Shaun L. & Martin, Favian, 2010. "The role of race/ethnicity and race relations on public opinion related to the immigration and crime link," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 51-56, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcjust:v:38:y::i:1:p:51-56
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    1. Anna Maria Mayda, 2006. "Who Is Against Immigration? A Cross-Country Investigation of Individual Attitudes toward Immigrants," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 88(3), pages 510-530, August.
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    1. Rojas-Gaona, Carlos E. & Hong, Jun Sung & Peguero, Anthony A., 2016. "The significance of race/ethnicity in adolescent violence: A decade of review, 2005–2015," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 137-147.

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