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Should the death penalty be abolished? (Demographic Patterns)

To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should . . . abolish the death penalty?. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Should the death penalty be abolished? by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Strongly disagree26.6%
71
39.6%
198
36.4%
164
30.6%
82
24.4%
29
33.9%
544
Disagree35.2%
94
31.2%
156
32.2%
145
36.2%
97
39.5%
47
33.6%
539
Agree13.9%
37
11.4%
57
12.9%
58
14.6%
39
16.0%
19
13.1%
210
Strongly agree13.5%
36
9.4%
47
11.6%
52
10.8%
29
10.1%
12
11.0%
176
Undecided10.9%
29
8.4%
42
6.9%
31
7.8%
21
10.1%
12
8.4%
135
Missing5101261043
TOTAL 100.0%
267
100.0%
500
100.0%
450
100.0%
268
100.0%
119

1604



Should the death penalty be abolished? by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree34.6%
128
39.4%
177
32.9%
93
29.5%
142

4
34.1%
540
Disagree26.8%
99
31.8%
143
38.5%
109
38.0%
183

5
33.7%
534
Agree14.1%
52
12.9%
58
12.4%
35
12.9%
62

4
13.1%
207
Strongly agree17.3%
64
9.8%
44
6.4%
18
9.5%
46

4
10.9%
172
Undecided7.3%
27
6.0%
27
9.9%
28
10.2%
49

4
8.3%
131
Missing717610040
TOTAL 100.0%
370
100.0%
449
100.0%
283
100.0%
482

21

1584



Should the death penalty be abolished? by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree27.2%
31
40.0%
180
36.1%
216
30.7%
66
21.9%
44

7
34.0%
537
Disagree28.1%
32
33.3%
150
35.1%
210
35.8%
77
30.3%
61

10
33.6%
530
Agree19.3%
22
11.6%
52
10.5%
63
13.5%
29
19.9%
40

4
13.1%
206
Strongly agree10.5%
12
6.7%
30
10.5%
63
12.6%
27
20.9%
42

3
11.0%
174
Undecided14.9%
17
8.4%
38
7.7%
46
7.4%
16
7.0%
14

5
8.3%
131
Missing11151211040
TOTAL 100.0%
114
100.0%
450
100.0%
598
100.0%
215
100.0%
201

29

1578



Should the death penalty be abolished? by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree18.5%
108
34.4%
120
48.5%
300
22.6%
7

8
33.8%
535
Disagree34.2%
200
31.2%
109
34.4%
213
29.0%
9

9
33.5%
531
Agree19.9%
116
12.6%
44
7.4%
46
12.9%
4

1
13.3%
210
Strongly agree17.8%
104
13.2%
46
2.6%
16
22.6%
7

3
10.9%
173
Undecided9.6%
56
8.6%
30
7.1%
44
12.9%
4

0
8.5%
134
Missing13235023
TOTAL 100.0%
584
100.0%
349
100.0%
619
100.0%
31

21

1583



Should the death penalty be abolished? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly disagree39.5%
300
28.8%
244
33.9%
544
Disagree31.6%
240
35.3%
299
33.6%
539
Agree13.0%
99
13.2%
112
13.1%
211
Strongly agree10.7%
81
11.3%
96
11.0%
177
Undecided5.3%
40
11.2%
95
8.4%
135
Missing162642
TOTAL 100.0%
760
100.0%
846

1606



Should the death penalty be abolished? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree36.4%
329
31.9%
110
21.9%
7
30.4%
55
29.2%
28

15
33.9%
529
Disagree36.4%
329
33.9%
117
40.6%
13
22.1%
40
31.3%
30

12
33.9%
529
Agree11.8%
107
16.5%
57
9.4%
3
15.5%
28
9.4%
9

7
13.1%
204
Strongly agree6.3%
57
9.9%
34
21.9%
7
26.0%
47
20.8%
20

12
10.6%
165
Undecided9.2%
83
7.8%
27
6.3%
2
6.1%
11
9.4%
9

4
8.5%
132
Missing278001036
TOTAL 100.0%
905
100.0%
345
100.0%
32
100.0%
181
100.0%
96

50

1559



Notes

The Baylor Department of Sociology received a three-year grant from the John M. Templeton Foundation, to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors. Wave 2 of the Baylor Religion Survey was collected in 2007 and includes a deep selection of questions related to religious behaviors, beliefs and belonging. Special topic modules examine race and religion, and personality.