Taiwanese views on the death penalty

Taiwanese views on the death penalty

The public anger towards the March 28, 2016, beheading of a 4-year-old little girl nicknamed “Little Light Bulb” in Neihu, Taipei, has incited mob justice, swift drug sweeps, and furious discussion about the death penalty, and those who advocate abolishing the death penalty are now silent.

A TVBS poll on April 1, 2016, shows that 84% are against abolishing the death penalty, 8% support abolishing the death penalty.

A novice legislator presented a proposal on March 29, 2016, immediately following the beheading incident to pass a law of mandatory death sentence or mandatory permanent incarceration without parole for those who kill children under the age of 12.

The proposal of mandatory death sentence for those who kill children under the age of 12 is supported by 81% and opposed by 9% of those surveyed.  Among those 20 to 29 years old, 17% of them oppose sentencing those who kill children under 12 years old to death while among those 40 to 49 years old, 88% support sentencing those who kill children under 12 years old to death.  Support for sentencing those who kill children under 12 years old to death is 85% across political lines, i.e., among both Pan Blue (those who support the Kuomintang Nationalist Party of little hot pepper Hung Hsiu-chu who is a strong advocate for the death penalty) and Pan Green (those who support the Democratic Progressive Party of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen and the New Power Party of punk rocker Freddy Lim who support and advocate abolishment of the death penalty).

The proposal of mandatory permanent incarceration without parole for those who kill children under 12 years old is opposed by 61% and supported by 27% of those surveyed.

When asked “do you believe the death penalty will deter major crimes?”, 79% believe “yes” while 15% say “death penalty will not help deter major crime”.

 

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