Bachelor of Arts
Death penalty, Public opinion, Legislature, Crime
Even the most outspoken proponents of the death penalty would not support its use for all of these 'crimes', but there is little consensus as to when, if ever, it should be used. Public opinion has been considered an important indicator of the death penalty's constitutionality and it is likely to be heavily considered by state and national legislators deciding whether to support upcoming bills to reinstate the death penalty. Recent public opinion polls show increasing support for the death penalty, but few researchers have asked their respondents to expand on why or under what circumstances they would favor the death penalty.
Ungar, Lauren, "Public Opinion on the Death Penalty: The Reasons Behind the Views" (1981). Honors Papers. 665.