Public Attitude to Death Penalty

In May survey Centre for Public Opinion Research SOÚ AV ČR, v.v.i., asked respondents about their attitude to death penalty. As a part of this press information the answers of respondents are sorted according to socio-demographic indicators a there is also time comparison with results from previous results, because this question has been a part of continual CVVM surveys since 1992.

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Public opinion on fears of imprisonment

In march 2008 CVVM posed a few questions on potential fears of imprisonment. Informants were asked to estimate how much money they would be willing to pay to avoid being imprisoned for one year due to an accident (all in a case that this would be legal). Over 70 % says that they would be willing to pay up to 100 000,- Kc or even less (approximately 4 000 Euro). Only 20 % of informants were willing to pay more than 100 000 Kc.

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Public opinion on chosen causes of criminal behavior

Another question on the prision system topic, posed in march 2008 CVVM survey concern on the causes of crime. As a major factors influencing criminal behavior were chosen tendency to agressive behavior (82 % mark it as a „fundamental“ or „important“) and reluctance to work (81 %). Followed by mental disorder (40 %), race and nationality (30 %) and exaggerated ambitions (30 %). Another possibilities was low education (26 %), region (19 %), low parent‘s education (17 %), lack of talent (14 %), to be from poor familly (13 %), being agnostic (13 %), and gender (10 %).

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Public opinion on imprisonment

In march 2008 CVVM focused on prision system. Informants were asked to decide which facilities should be availiable for prisioners. People are willing to allow medical service (95 % agree on that it should be availiable for all prisioners), 92 % have the same opinion on clean clothes, 83 % agree on books for all (additional 14 % only for minor offenses) and 72 % thought that cooked meal should be accessible for each prisioner (18 % minor offenses).

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Police Activity And Citizens' Safety In View Of Public

Two thirds of Czech citizens feel safe in the Czech Republic and more than three quarters feel safe at the place they live. 55 % of people are satisfied with Police care of Public order and citizens' safety at place they live, on contrary 39 % are dissatisfied with it. Police activity in the whole Czech Republic was positively evaluated by 40 % of Czech citizens and 54 % expressed their dissatisfaction with it.

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Public attitude towards the death penalty

Public support for the death penalty was expressed by 57 % of Czech citizens, on contrary 3 out of 10 people are against the death penalty (30 %). Existence of capital punishment is relatively highly supported by men, people without religious faith and followers of Communist party of Czech and Moravia (KSČM) or Czech social democratic party (ČSSD). On the other side existence of the death penalty is less supported by young people (under 30 years), graduates, Roman Catholics and followers of Christian democratic union (KDU-ČSL).

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Citizens about policy and justice

In October survey CVVM questioned the respondents, how satisfied they are with the way the police look after the order and safety of citizens in their neighbourhood, 55 % of respondents are satisfied and 40 % dissatisfied. Simultaneously, 41 % of them are satisfied with the way the police look after the order and safety of citizens in Czech Republic and 55 % dissatisfied. Respondents were also asked to rate judicial verdicts.

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Corruption

In April survey CVVM interogated respondents with question„ Tell us, please, which of following institutions and areas of public life are mostly affected by corruption ?“ Mark it as at school, 1 means no corruption, 5 means high corruption.

Political Parties were supposed to be heavily affected by corruption, they were evaluated with mark 4 on average. Areas ,that were evaluated quite favourably - on average under mark 3, were Army (2,90), masmedia (2,81), system of education (2,61).

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Public attitudes to Death penalty and public opinions about lowering of the age limit for criminal liability

In CVVM survey more than two thirds of czech citizens spoke up for existence of Death penalty, while only a quarter of citizens (27%) is against it. Most pensioners and people who do not confess any religion or church, skilled workpeople, ČSSD and KSČM followers support existence of Death penalty. The existence of Denalty penalty is less supported by students, university graduetes, churchpeople,ODS or KDU-ČSL followers.

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Fear of terorism and opinions on strenghtening of power of intelligence services

45% of citizens fear of possible teroristic attack on Czech Republic. Women (50%) are afraid of teroristic attack more than men (38%). More than three fifths of respondents expressed their opinion that intelligence services competencies should be strenghten, when almost a quarter of respondents is against it. People , who do not definitely trust in BIS and people who do not fear of teroristic attack, are often against strenghtening of power of secret service.

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