QUICK POLL RESULTS ON THE DEATH PENALTY
Smart girls decide for themselves.™
We asked you about the death penalty. 836 girls and 43 boys, ages 8-50,
responded. (2 respondents chose not to reveal their gender.)
average age of everyone who responded was 14 and a half years old.
SmartGirl asked, “Do you believe in Capital Punishment (the death
40% said, It depends on the crime.
35% said No.
17% said Yes.
7% said, I’m not sure.
2% did not give an answer.
SmartGirl users think about the death penalty in 26 countries- with 72% in
the USA and 28% from all over the world!
|Frequency Table 1.1: SmartGirls' Home Countries
*37 users did not respond to this question. These percentages are figured
using the 844 who did respond.
SmartGirl asked, “Do you understand the opposing view and why someone could
feel that way?”
73% said yes.
15% said I’m not sure.
9% said No.
3% did not give an answer.
SmartGirl asked, “Which form of Capital Punishment do you think is most
The following graph shows the results to the SmartGirl
question, “Which form of Capital Punishment do you think is least humane?”
SmartGirl asked, “What is your best argument for your
opinion? Please explain why you are for or against the death penalty.”
20% said an eye for an eye.
15% said the death penalty was acceptable for “bad” things and/or
it depended on the crime.
10% said it was up to God and that no one has the right to take
9% said that suffering in jail is worse than death or that death
is not the same as punishment.
9% said that carrying out the death penalty makes us just as
guilty as the criminals- it makes us criminals too.
7% said that the people put to death could be innocent.
7% said that two wrongs do not make a right.
2% said that taxpayers should not have to pay for criminals to sit
in jail because they are just taking up room.
.5% said we should rehabilitate the prisoners instead of killing
21% gave several reasons/or other reasons.
Here’s what SmartGirls had to say about the death penalty:
- "My father killed my
baby brother and all I have to say is I rather have him sitting in prison
and thinking about what he has done because I really think that is a
bigger punishment than death. My
dad will be in prison for the rest of his life so if anything don't kill
[a person]- just make them sit in prison and die there."
- "I believe if you take a
life, you give a life- your own."
- "Everyone deserves a second chance and it is
hypocritical to say that because one person killed someone, they also deserve
- "I am for it only under
the most dire of circumstances - I would condone it for crimes like rape,
murder, child molesting, and other extremes, but ONLY if the perpetrator
was proven guilty beyond any doubt and rehabilitation was deemed nigh
- "It depends on the
crime, but I think that if someone killed a very large number of people
like in the OK bombing it's okay to give them the death penalty because
they took the lives of so many innocent people and they deserve a taste of
their own medicine."
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