Support for the death penalty continues to fall, with backing falling to 40 per cent, well down from more than 60 per cent two decades ago.I was surprised to read that support was so low, given that I read in The Sydney Morning Herald a while ago that
even in Australia a 2005 poll in The Bulletin showed majority support for capital punishmentA fall of at least twenty per cent. in a mere four years seems improbable, though not entirely implausible—perhaps the sentencing of the Bali Nine led to much of the decrease.
I would be interested to see precisely how the survey question was put to respondents, though. (The A.I.C. report is available on-line but my attempts to download it have failed.) I can’t imagine sixty per cent. of Australians opposing the death penalty in all possible circumstances, when even a Catholica commenter like Mr. Kevin Latta can say that
If the civil authorities decided to introduce capital punishment for sex offenders, I would not be a protestor, but that is not going to happen.Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop, Confessor, A.D. 2009