Back in February, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll showing a steep decline in Americans’ support for the death penalty.
I don’t really think that’s what the poll shows, however.
I think the poll shows a sharp increase in the number of Americans who are sick of being forced to defend their belief in the death penalty. Capital punishment is both unpopular and on the decline. Nobody wants to back a loser. And few people want to bring dinner party conversation to a screeching halt by admitting that, while they support Obamacare and a woman’s right to choose, they also think that some people don’t deserve to live, and that governing bodies have a responsibility to inform citizens that their safety’s more important than that of someone demonstrably lacking in essential humanity.
Being viewed as pro-death, in any context, is generally not good for one’s reputation.