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NCJ Number: 120522 Find in a Library
Title: Death Penalty Sentiment in the United States
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:285-296
Author(s): H Zeisel; A M Gallup
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Pro-death penalty sentiment, which was at its all-time low of 42 percent of the country's adult population in 1966, steadily rose to 71 percent by 1986.
Abstract: This average percentage varies as widely as 43 to 93 percent for various subgroups of the population: political leanings, ethnic background, sex and economic status being the main determinants. Death penalty sentiments are not uniform; about one-third of the pro-death penalty population might give up their position if the alternative were life without parole and if they were convinced that the death penalty is not a deterrent. In the main, it is not utilitarian considerations that determine death penalty sentiment but moralistic ones, which in turn are part of the liberal-conservative dividing lines. 1 figure, 8 tables, 7 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; Public Opinion of Corrections
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