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March 31, 2014 7:09 AM Subscribe
Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty
posted by MisantropicPainforest (145 comments total)
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"According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice.
While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty, public opinion in favor of capital punishment has seen a modest decline..."
Jamelle Bouie at Slate notes
that , "Nearly twice as many whites as blacks favor the death penalty. There is a simple, and disturbing, reason why" and blames racism.
Andrew Gelman disagrees
"Why does our graph contradict Bouie’s claim? He’s attributing the difference in attitudes to historical racism among white southerners. But the gap in attitudes has increased during recent decades, when racism has declined. Whites have become more politically conservative, but that’s not the same as becoming more racist...
So, according to the data: yes there’s still racism but it has on balance decreased, not increased, in recent decades. Hence I don’t think it makes sense to attribute the big black-white gap in death penalty attitudes to racism.
What I do think is happening is an increase in conservatism among whites, not just in the south but in some other parts of the country as well."
Bonus: See where every execution has taken place since 1977, in one map