Lecture Slides April 19

Lecture Slides April 19 - 4/19/2010 Public Opinion on...

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4/19/2010 1 Public Opinion on Controversial Issues POLS107 April 19 2010 April 19, 2010 Professor Jackson ANNOUNCEMENTS SJSU Day of Service – Friday, April 30th Extra Credit for participation and response paper (10 pts.) Register online: www.sjsu.edu/dayofservice **Sign up with POLS107 Team** 8:45am Check-In, Breakfast and Opening Ceremony 9:45am Travel to project sites 10:15am Work Begins at Project Sites (check-in and check- out on site to verify hours worked) 12:30pm Lunch and Reflection at Project Site 2:30pm Return to Campus Public Opinion on Controversial Issues z Crime and punishment z Death penalty z Abortion z Euthanasia z Gay rights z Gun control
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4/19/2010 2 Attitudes toward crime z How big a problem? z Fear for own safety z What to do about it? Percentage of Americans Citing Crime as the Most Important Problem National vs. Local Perceptions Gallup Poll, 2004
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4/19/2010 3 Fear for own safety Gallup Poll 1985-2004 Views on Punishment Main purpose of prison 1966 1970 1981 1994 2001 prison… Punishment 11% 8% 17% 29% 21% Rehabilitation 77 73 49 16 40 Protect society 12 31 53 21 Deter others 12 B&O Table 9.2, p.198 (various sources) Americans’ Views on the Death Penalty
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4/19/2010 4 Prisoners Executed 1930-2002 EXCTD 30 -- 1930-2002: Total Number of Prisoners Executed (BJS) Prisoners Executed 1930-2002 #1 Texas: 586 #4 California: 302 Wisconsin, Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan: 0 Death Penalty Worldwide Abolished for all crimes: 92 Abolished for crimes not committed in exceptional circumstances (such as crimes committed in time of war): 10 Abolished in practice: 32 Legal form of punishment: 64
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4/19/2010 5 Group Differences on Death Penalty Attitudes 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Wo m e n M Republicans Demo c rats In d epe de ts C o s erv a tiv es L ibe ra ls W h ite Bl cks Percent in favor Gallup Poll 2005, GSS 2004 Generally speaking, do you believe the death penalty is applied fairly or unfairly in this country today? Fairly 60% Unfairly 35% How often do you think that a person has been executed under the death penalty who was, in fact, innocent of the crime he or she was charged with -- do you think this has happened in the past five years, or not?
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