SWS Special report on CHRP Death Penalty Survey
For six out of seven specific serious crimes related to illegal drugs, 33% or less demand
the death penalty. The only exception is the crime of rape under the influence of drugs, for which
a minority 47% think the death penalty should apply. For the said six crimes, from 51% to 55%
instead prefer life imprisonment, and 15% to 24% prefer imprisonment for 20 years or 40 years.
This is the main finding of the March 2018 National Survey on Public Perception on the
Death Penalty, conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) for the Commission on Human
Rights of the Philippines (CHRP).
This is the first survey in the Philippines to explore thought processes and disentangle
layers of perceptions about the death penalty. It did face-to-face interviews of 2,000 respondents
aged 15 and above nationwide during the period March 22 to 27, 2018.
Read the full report here
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