The charts say it all 9/23/16 8:48 AM Racism is keeping the death penalty alive By Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel


The charts say it all
9/23/16 8:48 AM

Racism is keeping the death penalty alive

In other words, the data clearly show that the death penalty isn’t a party-line issue—it’s a racism issue.

 

The links between the death penalty and racism

We know, first and foremost, that support for the death penalty is most highly concentrated among older white Americans.

According to data from the 2016 American National Election Studies, a survey of 1,200 eligible voters taken in late January, 79% of Republicans support the death penalty, while only 45% of Democrats do. 63% of white people support the death penalty, compared with 42% of black people and half of all people of color. Among those less than 30 years of age, support stands at only 46%, while 65% of those 50 years and older favor the death penalty.

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One question on the ANES survey asks respondents, “Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?” We compared this data with other ANES questions that ask respondents questions about racial resentment—such as whether they think black people are lazier and more violent than white people…..http://fusion.net/author/jason-mcdaniel/

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