A recent survey of over 2700 people from across the world has revealed that the majority of people do not believe that the death penalty is an effective deterrent for crime.
Results from the survey showed that of the 2761 people worldwide who voted, 46% said yes, the death penalty is an effective deterrent, while 54% said no. Of those who responded, Africans were the most likely to support the death penalty, with 49.4% of the 417 who voted in favour of the measure. North Americans were the next most likely to support the death penalty, with 46.3%, followed by Europeans (48.4%), South Americans (44.9%), Asians (45%) and Oceanians (41%) all voting for the measure.
The survey findings suggest that most people do not believe that the death penalty is an effective deterrent for crime, despite the measure being used in many countries. It is worth noting, however, that the survey did not provide respondents with context regarding the effectiveness of capital punishment or the potential implications of its use. The results should therefore be considered with caution.