December 2006 Values Update Survey

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DEATHPEN

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

As I read some programs and proposals that are being discussed in the country today, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose each. The death penalty for persons convicted of murder.
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  9) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 30.6% 30.6%
Favor 33.6% 64.2%
Oppose 17.6% 81.8%
Strongly oppose 11.6% 93.4%
Don't know 6.7% 100.1%
Total N = 2007

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Strongly favor 27.9% 33.7% 32.6% 31.0% 28.0% 28.5% 30.6%
Favor 28.1% 37.3% 31.6% 34.5% 31.9% 37.4% 33.7%
Oppose 25.5% 13.0% 16.7% 18.9% 18.6% 14.9% 17.6%
Strongly oppose 15.2% 12.0% 12.2% 9.1% 13.9% 8.4% 11.6%
Don't know 3.3% 3.9% 6.9% 6.5% 7.6% 10.9% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1969


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 34.1% 27.2% 30.5%
Favor 33.6% 33.5% 33.6%
Oppose 16.6% 18.6% 17.7%
Strongly oppose 9.5% 13.5% 11.6%
Don't know 6.2% 7.2% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2007


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate and above TOTAL
Strongly favor 26.4% 36.4% 32.4% 23.2% 30.6%
Favor 24.0% 34.1% 36.7% 34.5% 33.5%
Oppose 25.9% 14.4% 14.0% 21.1% 17.6%
Strongly oppose 13.4% 9.3% 11.7% 13.7% 11.6%
Don't know 10.3% 5.9% 5.2% 7.4% 6.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Strongly favor 42.1% 22.8% 30.8% 30.9%
Favor 35.4% 33.5% 32.9% 33.7%
Oppose 11.0% 21.7% 18.3% 17.6%
Strongly oppose 6.2% 15.1% 11.4% 11.4%
Don't know 5.2% 6.9% 6.5% 6.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1870


Race (I-RACE)

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Strongly favor 34.2% 20.0% 23.0% 30.6%
Favor 36.9% 24.7% 25.9% 33.6%
Oppose 14.5% 25.4% 25.2% 17.6%
Strongly oppose 8.5% 21.3% 17.3% 11.5%
Don't know 5.8% 8.5% 8.7% 6.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1985



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