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NCJ Number: 50417 Find in a Library
Title: DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL CORRELATES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON ATTITUDES TOWARD THE DEATH PENALTY
Author(s): L J MOORE; A J ABNEY
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DIFFERENCES IN ATTITUDES TOWARD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES, ANGLOS AND NON-ANGLOS, AND CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS ARE EXPLORED IN A STUDY CONDUCTED IN SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS.
Abstract: STUDY SUBJECTS INCLUDED 78 PERSONS ENROLLED IN EXTENSION COURSES AT AIR FORCE BASES IN SAN ANTONIO, TEX., AND 35 PERSONS ENROLLED IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES AT SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY IN SAN MARCOS. THE QUESTIONNAIRE CONSISTED OF NINE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IN WHICH RESPONDENTS, ACTING AS JURORS, PRESCRIBED EITHER THE MAXIMUM PRISON TERM OR THE DEATH PENALTY. STUDY FINDINGS SHOW THAT MALES FAVOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MORE THAN FEMALES. CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS HAVE SIMILAR ATTITUDES TOWARD THE DEATH PENALTY. DIFFERENCES IN ATTITUDES BETWEEN ANGLOS AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS ARE NOT SIGNIFICANT, BUT BLACKS ARE MUCH LESS IN FAVOR OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT THAN ARE ANGLOS AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS. RESPONDENTS GENERALLY FAVOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MORE FOR OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS THAN FOR OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY OR INVOLVING PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. THERE ARE SOME DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN PUNISHMENTS ALLOWED UNDER LAW AND PUNISHMENTS PRESCRIBED BY RESPONDENTS. EVEN THOUGH EIGHT OF THE NINE SITUATIONS WERE NOT ACTUALLY CAPITAL OFFENSES, A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THE SAMPLE ADVOCATED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR MURDER, RAPE, KIDNAPPING, AND PERJURY. (IN THE PERJURY SITUATION, AN INNOCENT PERSON HAD BEEN PUT TO DEATH AS A RESULT OF THE PERJURY). SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE STUDIES ARE OFFERED. SUPPORTING DATA AND STUDY INSTRUMENTS ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Capital punishment; Caucasian/White Americans; Females; Mexican Americans; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Studies; Texas
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