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Disdain Belief System Among Different Execution Actors

Soft Abstract Supporters sat on the death penalty jury in the study. About 78% voted for the death penalty on the first vote for the man they convicted of murder. Yet Soft Abstract Supporters are almost uniformly disdainful of public and televised executions. They are significantly more disdainful than even Abolitionists. Abolitionists are significantly more disdainful than Hard Abstract Supporters. Hard Abstract Supporters are significantly more disdainful of public executions than Executioners. Only a minority (48%) of Executioners showed disdain for public and televised executions. For a detailed explanation of the statistical tests, click here.


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