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Final Results from IUPRA's 2016-2017 Poll Released

Wed, May 2, 2018
Final Results from IUPRA's 2016-2017 Poll Released
You can access the latest IUPRA Poll report on criminal justice at bit.ly/IUPRA-poll-cj-16-17

As of today, all results from IUPRA’s 2016-2017 poll have been released. After sharing and analyzing results on issues of health and racial climate in the fall, the reports on education and criminal justice are now online. Read the latest installment on criminal justice here.

In November 2016, IUPRA enlisted the polling firm Consumer Research International to conduct a public opinion poll among registered Texas voters. The sample design included an oversampling of Black people to generate more reliable estimates by race. This design strategy makes IUPRA’s poll unique in that it uses Black voters as the point of comparison, situating the analysis within a Black Studies context.

See findings from all four reports here!

For our latest report on criminal justice issues, we looked at voters’ views on gun regulation and the fairness of police and the justice system. Discussion pieces written by Andrea Charles, MSW and IUPRA’s Lauren Lluveras, JD, show how current events in the U.S. may have shaped the way voters think about these issues. Specifically, police brutality toward Black people in Texas and mass shootings across the U.S. were important in how different racial groups felt about gun rights or their comfort in dealing with police officers.

For example, Figure 10 of our report shows incredibly stark disparities in opposition levels to concealed carry of handguns on public university campuses. Black voters were overwhelmingly (88%) opposed to concealed carry at public universities, compared to 56% of Latinx voters and 47% of White voters. One way this can be understood is by the level of hostility and violence toward Black students on university campuses. As Black voters are likely more aware of this reality, they may be afraid concealed carry would contribute to an unsafe environment for Black students on campus.

Even in the relatively short amount of time between the Fall and Spring polls, we saw a significant decrease in Black voters’ confidence that local police would treat Black and White people fairly. According to Figure 17, fewer (11%) Black voters had “a fair amount” of confidence, while more (9%) had “not much” confidence.

You can download the full report, including an analysis of the results and two discussion pieces, here.

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