The Death Penalty : A Multi Level Analysis Of Public Opinion

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In society, the death penalty is used to punish those who had committed certain types of crimes. Over the years, the percentage of US citizens supporting the death penalty has decrease, however Proximally 64%-70% of the population still support it. The majority of the polls created to evaluate the opinion of citizens on the death penalty use simple questions to address the issue. Those questions separate people into those against it and those supporting it. The death penalty opinion is more complex than that. There are many factors that can affect someone’s opinion about the death penalty, for this, it is important to include crime details and personal information on the victim and the attacker. Polls with more complex questions give …show more content…

The respondents’ responses went from strongly support to strongly oppose. These answers did not give an entire comprehension of their opinion on the matter. In an article named “The Racial Divide in Support for The Death Penalty: Does White Racism Matter?”, Cullen create a little more complex question by asking if respondents agreed with to give death penalty to those who commit murder. Here more detail was added but still did not was complex enough. In two articles written by R. M. Bohm,” “he effects of classroom instruction and discussion on death penalty opinions: A teaching note” and “Death penalty opinions: A classroom experience and public commitment”, and an article written by M. sandy named “Attitudes toward capital punishment: Preference for the penalty or mere acceptance?” it was included specifications of the crimes saying it was a first-degree murder. They asked if respondents believe the death penalty was applicable to some of the cases. No differences were given to make believe some people deserved the death penalty but others did not. Other studies such as “American death penalty opinion 1936–1986: A critical examination of the Gallup polls” written by Bohm, Clark and Aveni, and “More than ten years after: The long-term stability of informed death penalty opinions”, written by Bohm, Vogel and Maisto, made the polls more complex by making questions that will measure the support of the public toward the death penalty. In this

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