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NCJ Number: 136640 Find in a Library
Title: Capital Punishment and Public Opinion in the Post-Furman Era: Trends and Analyses
Journal: Sociological Spectrum  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1992)  Pages:127-144
Author(s): M D Smith; J Wright
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of public opinion polls shows a marked trend of increased support in the United States for the use of capital punishment since this sanction's ban in the 1972 Supreme Court decision Furman v. Georgia and subsequent reinstatement in 1977.
Abstract: This support for capital punishment, which has reached heights unprecedented in the history of public opinion polling, is expressed by all major sociodemographic groupings except for the important category of race. The most recent polls show that support among whites for capital punishment, be it symbolic or otherwise, is virtually all-encompassing. The analysis concludes with an exploration of possible reasons that whites are more prone than blacks to support a vengeance model of justice and recommendations for new areas of research. 34 references
Main Term(s): Capital punishment; Public Opinion of Crime
Index Term(s): Black/White Attitude Comparisons; Demography; Trend analysis
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