Death Penalty Is Unfair


Belief System Among Different Execution Actors

Recall the Death Penalty Quiz that you took. You were grouped with others, based on your intended actions regarding executions. So were the people in the Death Penalty Study. The bar chart shows the level of agreement with the 7 opinions that make up the pro-death penalty belief system.

Everyone in the study was given a "score" on these 7 opinions. For each opinion, a person could strongly disagree (1), somewhat disagree (2), neither agree/disagree (3), somewhat agree (4), or strongly agree (5). If, on average, a person's score was in the "agree" range (greater than 3.0), that person was classified as "agreeing" with the pro-death penalty belief system.

Even among those who disapprove of all 9 methods of execution (Abolitionists), 18% generally agreed with pro-death penalty beliefs. However, their agreement is substantially lower than Soft Abstract Supporters and Hard Abstract Supporters of the death penalty. And both groups of abstract supporters were substantially lower in their agreement with these beliefs than Executioners. For a technical explanation of the statistical tests, click here.