Blog 3: Death Penalty and Supporters
— Sara Kehaulani Goo (@sarakgoo) September 24, 2015
1- This article talks about what religious groups and their people think of the death penalty. It shows that some U.S. religious groups differ from their members’ views on the death penalty. It shows that significantly more are opposed to it than in favor of the death penalty. It states that when it comes to the official teachings of large US groups opposition to the death penalty is more common than support of the capital punishment. This contrasts the public opinion of US adults- that 56% favor the death penalty. There has been a dropping number of supporters of the death penally over the recent years, though. The article discusses how some religions have a disparity with their people and their views of the death penalty. It also talks about the racial divide in that blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to oppose the death penalty.
2- The research was done through the Pew Research Center. There was a number of sources referenced throughout the article, including The New York Times talking about Nebraska Banning the Death Penalty. The conclusion of the study is that the number of supporters of the death penalty is decreasing and that there are gaps of inconsistencies of some religions and their people in the US on their views of the death penalty. There information that they used linked/cited back to a lot of the research that they had already done and had the statistics to prove it.
3- I wonder if their are age differences in the religions that have people who support and don’t support the death penalty? Maybe the older people do support it and the younger people don’t? If time has an effect on views or what.