21%: Death penalty for a serial child molester
Amid the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, we wanted to know what Americans think would be appropriate punishment for a convicted serial child molester.
Here is how they responded: 28% favored more than 20 years imprisonment, 27% 10-20 years imprisonment, 21% death penalty, 16% imprisonment of 5-10 years, 3% less than five years imprisonment, and 5% expressed no opinion on the question.
Young people – 18-29 year olds – were most in favor of the death penalty (32%).
Our scientific telephone survey of 1,200 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 13, 2011 and has a margin of error of +/- 3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – sentence convicted serial child molester.
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