University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Differing opinions of the death penalty continually conflict with the criminal justice system regarding support or opposition. Previous studies have described how sex and race influence one’s perception of the death penalty, whereas this study emphasizes various contributing predictors aside from sex and race. This study utilizes binary logistic regression to examine the relationship between voter perceptions of police use of excessive force and support for the death penalty along with voter demographics. Secondary data from the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2020 Time Series Survey was incorporated into the data set of this study. The current study is composed of a nationwide sample of 6,583 voters based on respondents who participated in the pre-and post-national ANES survey. Findings indicated that respondents support for the death penalty varies depending on the perception of the frequency of police use of excessive force and across age, race, sex, sexual orientation, and education. Further implications of the relationship between voter perceptions of the frequency of police use of excessive force and their support for the death penalty are discussed.
Thank you, Dr. Basham, for being my thesis director and for all your support along the way! Thank you, Dr. Dierenfeldt, for being on my thesis committee and for all of the encouragement! I could not have done it without them!
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Capital punishment--United States; Police brutality--United States
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Collins, Amelia, "The relationship between voter perceptions of frequency of police use of excessive force and support for the death penalty" (2023). Honors Theses.