A new Ipsos MORI survey for Channel 4 examines the attitudes towards the death penalty in the UK. The survey has been commissioned by Channel 4 to coincide with a new hard-hitting drama, The Execution of Gary Glitter, which will air on 9 November. The survey results among British adults include the following:
- 70 per cent think the UK should still have the death penalty as the maximum possible penalty for at least one of the twelve different types of crime surveyed.160
- 73 per cent agree (50 per cent `strongly agree') that `the views of the public are being ignored by politicians and the Government when setting maximum sentences and penalties for serious crimes'.160
- 76 per cent agree (51 per cent `strongly agree') that `there should be more open debate in the UK about the penalties for serious crimes, including the death penalty'.160
- 77 per cent agree (56 per cent `strongly agree') that they `are concerned that the maximum penalties (or sentences) that are set in the UK for child abuse are not severe enough'.
Technical Notes The survey was commissioned by Channel 4. A nationally representative quota sample of 967 British adults (aged 15+) were interviewed160face-to-face on Ipsos MORI's160regular Omnibus survey (Capibus) between 10th to 16th July 2009. Data were weighted to the demographic profile of the population.