Voting for Death

Statistical Tests of Percent Differences Among Execution Actors

On the first round of voting in the death penalty sentencing, a large majority voted for the death penalty. In the end, all 12 jurors voted to recommend the death penalty to the judge. Overall, 78.9% of all jurors voted for death on the first round. Soft Abstract Supporters and Hard Abstract Supporters of the death penalty differed little in their initial votes (78% vs. 76%, respectively). However, Executioners  were much more likely to favor the death penalty in the first round. 


The table below shows significant differences between the three groups. If the Sig. value is less than .05, then the relationship is statistically significant. However, that significant difference is due to the higher level of support for death among Executioners. The difference between Soft Abstract Supporters and Hard Abstract Supporters of the death penalty is not statistically significant.


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