Pandemic, Politics, and Public Opinion About Crime

Lisa A. Kort-Butler

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Prior scholarship links ontological insecurities, racial tensions, and health issues to public opinion about crime. This project examined these forces in the context of the 2020 pandemic, racial justice demonstrations, and politics using data from the Nebraska 2020 survey (N = 2775). Pandemic-related insecurities and racial animus were associated with avoiding places in the community, worry about crime, and the belief that police in one's community are underfunded. Trusting politicians but distrusting health leaders, and viewing COVID as an economic threat but not a health threat were associated with the belief police are underfunded. Results suggest that the politicization of the pandemic may influence support for criminal justice policies that promise a return to “law and order.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-63
Number of pages21
JournalCriminal Justice Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024


  • fear of crime
  • ontological insecurity
  • pandemic
  • police funding
  • racial threat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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