"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, June 30, 2006

Americans Still Want It

According to Crime and Consequences the latest polling shows continued strong support for capital punishment in America:
On the generic question Gallup has been asking since 1936, support is at 65%, a little above the 70-year mean of 63.7%. The historical data for this question are copied on CJLF's site here. The "anti" side likes to trumpet that support is down 15% from its all-time high in 1994. Sure, and it's also up 23% from its all-time low in 1966. Most numbers are down from their peaks and up from their troughs.
This again despite a constant, relentless, prolonged PR campaign by the social, religious, and political left to erode popular support for the ultimate punishment.

2 comments:

Lennie Briscoe said...

Many people in the UK wish we still had it. In some ways I blame the state of lawlessness on the withdrawal of the ultimate deterrant. "Human Rights" have taken over ever bit of common sense and violent robbers will give it a go just to see if they will get away with it. The criminals are no longer afraid of the state...

The only thing that I wish didn't happen was that innocents going to their death. The process has to be water tight to be legitimate and not state sponsored murder.

Anonymous said...

Lennie, “Violent Robbers” are not subject to the death penalty in the US, unless someone actually is killed. I lived in England for quite some time, and I just didn’t see the lawlessness of which you speak. If anything, people were more concerned about the IRA then they were about robberies.

England is free to re-enact the death penalty at any time it wants (just like it abolished most of the doctrine of double jeopardy, allowing prosecutors to continually retry innocent people until they get lucky). But, the people have spoken. Democracy works like this.