Survey Design Methodology: Assessing the Responsiveness and Attitudes of Likely Jurors Across Four U.S. Venues

By: Carolyn Spencer-Mork

Between July 6-27, 2020, IMS Consulting & Expert Services conducted two surveys examining how likely it would be for respondents to report for jury service during the COVID-19 epidemic. A total of 494 respondents, who we selected to match the characteristics of Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City participated in the research.

The survey included collecting demographic data as to jurors’ gender, age, education, financial status, marital status, home ownership, religion, and political affiliation. Importantly, we also examined several attitudinal items pertaining to cognitive ability, authoritarianism, and legalistic reasoning. We also asked several in-depth questions about previous jury service and respondents’ attitudes about the American jury system.

We asked respondents about their willingness to serve on a jury in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explored their reasoning behind whether they would report, and we asked about which COVID-19 preventative measures would be necessary for them to do so. Finally, we asked for their opinions on what jury service during the pandemic would look like in terms of duration and attentiveness.

As demonstrated below, the overall recruit was successful and we believe predictive. The actual results based on this sampling can be found on our COVID-19 Resource Hub.

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