Whose Life Matters: Social Contradictions In The U.S. About The Sanctity Of Life
How do Americans decide whose life is sacred and whose life is not? Data from the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS) documents that a majority of Americans who oppose abortion for any reason also support capital punishment. The issues of abortion and capital punishment continue to be hotly contested among Americans. After a review of the literature, theoretically based hypotheses that are key to understanding the seemingly contradictory opposition to abortion and support of capital punishment were formulated. The quantitative method Chi Squared was used to test the hypotheses with the 2012 GSS data. This secondary data analysis illuminates social factors that lead to opposition for abortion and support for the death penalty in the U.S. The social factors considered include: level of fundamentalism, political party, political ideology, education, and age.
Keene State College
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