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New poll shows 14-point drop in support for death penalty revival

A NEW poll suggested a significant fall in support for the reimposition of capital punishment in the country from 81 percent in July 2016 to 67 percent in March this year, according to survey firm Pulse Asia.

Results of the latest survey gathered from March 15 to 20, showed majority of the Filipino people still have strong support on the government's plan to revive death penalty for heinous crimes, noting that only 25 percent oppose death penalty while eight percent are undecided.

The survey found that support for death penalty remained high in Manila and Duterte's bailiwick in Mindanao, posting 74 percent each, even there were a decline of six-percentage points and eight-percentage points, respectively.

On the other hand, Luzon suffered 21-percentage points drop, obtaining 61 percent in March compared to 82 percent in July last year.

There was also 13-percentage points decline in Visayas, from 78 percent in July to 66 percent in March.

Among socio-economic classes, support for death penalty in Class D fell by 16 percentage points, getting 66 percent in March from 82 in July.

Classes ABC and E both garnered 68 percent of support for death penalty, showing a decline of 12 percentage points and 10 percentage points, respectively.

Rape topped the list of crimes that must be punishable by death, at 97 percent. It was followed by murder (88 percent), drug punishing (71 percent), kidnap-for-ransom (46 percent), and plunder (33 percent).

Pulse Asia interviewed 1,200 respondents, belonging to age group of 18 and above.

It used ±3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence levels. Subnational estimates for Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a ±6 percent error margin, also at 95 percent confidence level.

The survey was conducted when the House of Representatives approved on third reading the proposal to reimpose death penalty for heinous drug-related crimes.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said the latest poll results affirm that the death penalty is a key component to protect Filipinos from crimes perpetrated by law offenders.

"The March 15 to 20 Pulse Asia survey showing that 67 percent of Filipinos express support for death penalty is a timely reminder that a progressive nation is premised on law and order," Abella said.

"The reimposition of capital punishment is an important component in building a trustworthy government that protects its citizens and youth from crime, especially the kind perpetuated by illegal drug traffickers and violators. We are confident the bill will be passed in Congress as a key to a crime and drug-free Philippines," he added. (SunStar Philippines)
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