Justice Studies 301

Dr. MenjŪvar

Second Take-Home AssignmentóThe Survey


This assignment involves conducting a small survey. You will survey only FIVE individuals (one survey per individual) who are NOT your friends or peers. You may contact them anywhere you want, but you need to approach people you donít know.You will need to make five copies of the questionnaire provided below in order to conduct this assigment.


You will read the questionnaire below to your respondents; this is an in-person interview survey, NOT a self-administered questionnaire. After you are done, you will write a small narrative in ONE page or so (typed, double-spaced, one inch margins, font 12), describing where and how you contacted the respondents, if you were required to read the questions more than once, whether you rephrased some of them or clarify anything, how many (if any) people turned you down and finally, some thoughts on what implications your selection of ď study participantsĒ may have on the data you collected. Can these results be generalized? Why or why not?


You need to turn in all five questionnaires stapled to your narrative.





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Respondentís sex:Male []††††† Female []††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Age:_______


Hello. My name is:__________________________________and Iím conducting a short survey as part of an exercise for my research methods class in Justice Studies. Would you be willing to participate in the study? The interview will take less than five minutes.


1. I am going to read a list of items, and as I read each one, please tell me if you think they represent a social problem or not. (Read each item and check the appropriate category.)


††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Yes††††††††††† No††††††††††† Donít know††† No answer


1. Illiteracy among adult Americans††††††† ††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††† ††††††††††† []


2. Inequality between men and women††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††† ††††††††††† []


3. The content of television programs††††††††† ††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††† ††††††††††† []


4. Drug use in our high schools ††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††††††† []††††††† ††††††††††† []†††††††


5. Teenage pregnancy†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† []†††††† []†††††† []††††††††††††††††† []



2. Do you believe that increasing funds in education would help to solve some of the problems above?


Strongly Agree†††† Agree††††††† No Opinion††††††††††† Disagree††††††††††† Strongly Disagree



3. Do you think that increasing funds to the criminal justice system would help to solve some of the problems above?


Strongly Agree†††† Agree††††††† No Opinion††††††††††† Disagree††††††††††† Strongly Disagree



4. Some people think that certain parts of the criminal justice system do not work. Is this belief


True†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† False††††††††††††††††† ††Donít know††††† ††††††††††† No answer



IfTrue, go to the next question. IfFalse or Donít know, skip the next question and go directly to #3


4A. What parts?

††††††††††† Courts††††††††††† Corrections††††† ††††††††††† Police†† ††††††††††† Other Specify_____________


5. Are you a native of Arizona?


††††††††††† ††††††††††† []Yes


††††††††††† ††††††††††† [ ]No





5A. Why did you move to Arizona?


Economic reasons††††††††††† Family††††††††††† School††††††††††† Other________________



6. Is your neighborhood a safe place to live?


††††††††††† []Yes


††††††††††† []No


7. There is a belief that too many people are moving to Arizona and that the state will suffer from this in the future. What do you think?


††††††††††† Strongly agree ††† Agree†††††† Donít know††††††††††† Disagree††††† Strongly disagree



8. What is the most important area on which the government should concentrate to secure a better future of everyone?


††††††††††† Jobs††††† Environment†††††† Education†††††† Family/Children†††††† Housing†††††† Other______



9. Is it legal to own a personal copy of the Communist Manifesto in this country?


††††††††††† ††††††††††† Yes††††† ††††††††††† No†††††† ††††††††††† Donít know††† ††††††††††† No answer


10. Do you consider yourself to be a religious person?


††††††††††† ††††††††††† Yes††††† ††††††††††† No†††††† ††††††††††† Not sure††††† ††††††††††† No answer



That completes this survey. Thank you for your cooperation.