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How does the respondent feel about the death penalty? 

Below are 71 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 8 types:

[ Alternative Punishments? | Changed Views? | Expansion | Favor? | Government Abolish? | Influence | Morality | Religious Teachings ]

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Category 1:Alternative Punishments?
 

In this question respondents are asked if they prefer the death penalty or alternatives.

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LIFESENT from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

WHICHPEN from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

WHCHPEN2 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

WHICHPEN from Houston Area Survey, 2010


Category 2:Changed Views?
 

Have respondents' views on the death penalty changed?

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DEATHCHG from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DEATHINC from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DEATHDEC from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010


Category 3:Expansion
 

Should the death penalty be used more often or for a wider variety of offenses?

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DEATHPEN from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

DEATH2 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DEATH3 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DEATH from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

DEATH from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1985


Category 4:Favor?
 

Do respondents favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?

Some questions fit within the "Favor?" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 4 such variants.

[ Islam | Reinstatement? | Strength of Opinion | Under 18 ]

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CAPPUN from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

CAPPUN from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 2002

DEATHPEN from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999

DEATHP SUP from American National Election Studies, 2000

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 2004

DEATHPNL from American National Election Studies, 2004

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 2006

DEATH4 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 2000

DEATHPEN from ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Springtime Politics, 2005

OPMURDER from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

OPTERISM from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002

DTHPNLTY from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

DEATHPEN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

ISSUES1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

DEATHPEN from The Right to Die II, November 2005

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1990

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1996

V083163 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1988

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1991

DEATHPEN from General Social Survey, 1991

P4DTHPEN from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1998

FAVDTHPN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

DEATHPEN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

QN11_A from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

DEATHPEN from Life Choices, 1990

V158C from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1976

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1980

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1978

DEATHPEN from December 2006 Values Update Survey

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1994

CAPPUN from General Social Survey, 1993

IFLPUNSH from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

CAPPUN from Middletown Area Study, 2000


Variant:Islam (Favor? variant)
 

In this form respondents are asked if they favor or oppose the death penalty when someone leaves the Muslim religion.

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Q95C from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010


Variant:Reinstatement? (Favor? variant)
 

Does the respondent favor the reinstatement of the death penalty?

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DEATH1 from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

DEATHPEN from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1992


Variant:Strength of Opinion (Favor? variant)
 

In this form respondents are asked if they favor or oppose the death penalty strongly or not strongly.

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DEATHP STR from American National Election Studies, 2000

DEATH OPP from American National Election Studies, 2000

DEATHP2 from American National Election Studies, 2004

VIEWDTH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

V083163A from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008


Variant:Under 18 (Favor? variant)
 

This variant asks if the respondent would support the death penalty for people convicted of murder when they were under the age of 18?

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ISSUES2 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

ISSDEATH from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005


Category 5:Government Abolish?
 

Should the government abolish the death penalty?

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Q39A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

DEATHPEN from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)


Category 6:Influence
 

What has influenced respondents' thinking on the death penalty?

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INF_DTHP from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

INFDTHPN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

INFTHNK2 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010


Category 7:Morality
 

Is the death penalty morally acceptable?

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MORAL5 from ABC News the Pope & the Church, 2003

DEATHPEN from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988


Category 8:Religious Teachings
 

This question type asks if the respondent's congregations discusses the death penalty, or if religious teaching regarding the death penalty are relevant

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NODETHPN from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

CLERDP from The Right to Die II, November 2005

GDCTH_5 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

PASTPNSH from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963



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