"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

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Support Still High for Capital Punishment

Dudley Sharp has some interesting observations about public support for the death penalty. It has been a common allegation by the abolitionists that support for the death penalty is waning.

Of course, after 20 or more years of constant, and often disingenous, agitprop from the abolitionists, on a wide front including the churches, the media, and the "academy," one would expect that public support would be affected.

What's really of note, then, is that public support has remained fairly level despite the intense abolitionist campaign. The real bad news for the abolitionists is that support for the death penalty is probably greater than thought: Sharp notes that when asked about particular cases, support for the death penalty shoots up:
81% of the American people supported the execution of Timothy McVeigh, with only 16% opposed. "(T)his view appears to be the consensus of all major groups in society, including men, women, whites, nonwhites, "liberals" and "conservatives." (Gallup 5/2/01). 85% of Connecticut respondents voiced support for serial/rapist murderer Michael Ross' "voluntary" execution. (Quinnipiac University Poll, January 12, 2005).

Most tellingly, some people who voice general disapproval of the death penalty actually support it in certain individual cases, such as McVeigh, or for terrorists.

This suggests that public support for the death penalty is actually quite more robust than the answers to the general "do you support the death penalty or life without parole" question would indicate.

No doubt the anti-capital punishment folks will soldier on despite their lack of success.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I did a report on the cost of incarceration at the Federal level back in 1973 as a school project. At that time it costed approx. $70,000. annually to house one federal inmate. God only knows what it costs today what with inflation and all. I still stand firm in my support for capital punishment. It remains a terrible injustice to the American people to allow these killers to breathe the same air that we do. To keep housing cold,hard killers for no apparrent reason is unimanagble. Most cannot be re-habilitated. They will only kill again if allowed to return to society. What say does the vicitms of these horrific crimes have? None. Who speaks for them? We have become a softened society of bleeding heart liberals with backward morals. I believe in what the Bible teaches. And God is very clear on the subject of "murder". I think we should kill them all and let God sort them out. Let's see just how forgiving He is. Why spend our hard-earned tax dollars keeping up persons who do not wish to abide ny neither God's law nor man's law?The money could be so much better spent taking care of the law abiding citizens that have worked and paid into the system all their lives. And yet our Government continues to turn its back on the disabled,the elderly So sad.