Actions, Not Opinions

Actual Sadism Among Different Execution Actors

The disdain that Soft Abstract Supporters showed for public executions and vicarious sadism is not reflected in their agreement with actual sadistic beliefs during executions. A linear progression of increasing sadism increases from Abolitionists (the least sadistic) to Soft Abstract Supporters to Hard Abstract Supporters to executioners (the most sadistic). The big jump in actual sadism occurs from Hard Abstract Supporters to Executioners. Whereas only a third of Hard Abstract Supporters generally agree with making the condemned suffer during their executions, nearly two-thirds of Executioners want to see the executed suffer while they die. For a detailed statistical analysis, click here.


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