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SIGNAL BOOST

A friend has requested that this be posted around. If you are an U.S. citizen of legal age eligible to serve on a jury in criminal or civil trials, please consider participating.

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
Research Recruitment Statement
Examining Bases of Knowledge and Attribution in Law

Please Tell Us What You Know About the Law!

We are doing some research to determine how much knowledge the average person has about the law. If you are an American citizen who is old enough to vote and to serve as a juror in criminal and civil trial proceedings, we’re really interested in what you have to say about this topic.

The study will be conducted online at surveymonkey.com, and involves only minimal risk. There are no known harms or discomforts associated with this study beyond those encountered in daily life. It can help us better understand the general population's understanding of law. Participation in this research study is completely voluntary. The alternative to participation is to not participate in this study.

Please take just 30 minutes to take this survey. The survey consent form, which will go into more detail about the study, the risks, and the protections available to you as a research subject is available at the URL below.

If you have any questions about this research, you may contact the investigator of this study, Adam Sanford MA, Department of Sociology, at asanf001@ucr.edu, and the faculty advisor of this study, Robert Hanneman Ph.D., Department of Sociology, 951-827-3638, robert.hanneman@ucr.edu. If you have any comments or questions regarding the conduct of this research or your rights as a research subject, please contact the Office of Research Integrity by phone (951-827-4811/4810/6332), by email (irb@ucr.edu) or at University Office Bldg #200, Riverside, CA 92521.

You can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Know_Att_Law

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Comments

I ran through it to see what questions they were asking. I didn't realize that political affiliation in the US is Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. (Or "Other please specify").

I also found the "would you do this if it was against the law" question interesting, because there seemed no way to say "no, but I wouldn't do it anyway".

As far as the "Would you do it if it were illegal" questions - which, as I recall, were phrased as "Would you dis/obey the law" - I used the comment to explain that I held "dis/obey" to be an ACTIVE act, rather than a passive one - someone who chooses not to drink isn't "obeying" a law making alcohol use illegal unless they are doing so specifically to conform to the law, when they would normally take a drink. Under that interpretation, I would neither obey nor disobey a law prohibiting the use of marijuana, because I have no interest in using it, and wouldn't use it regardless of its legal status.

With respect to political affiliation, there are actually many more parties, but those three are the ones that are generally viewed as representing the major political philosophies here. We do, for example, have an active Communist party, and several other parties whose platforms are fairly close to that of the Communists, but together, they're an extremely small minority in this country's political spectrum.

Edited at 2011-11-03 10:37 pm (UTC)