Public Opinion on the Death Penalty in Singapore: Survey Findings

117 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018  

Wing Cheong CHAN

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

TAN Ern Ser

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Jack Tsen-Ta Lee

Independent

Braema MATHI

Independent

Date Written: February 11, 2018

Abstract

Singapore’s position is that the use of the death penalty is primarily a matter of criminal justice to be decided by its people and the government. To what extent is its use truly supported by Singaporeans? Only small scale studies have been done so far in answer to this question. This study reports on a public opinion survey carried out in 2016 on 1,500 Singaporeans aged between 18 to 74 years on their support for the death penalty, the reasons for the support, and the type of scenarios where there is support. It is the first large scale survey to be carried out in Singapore. It is hoped that the findings will not only inform discussions amongst academics, policy makers and the civil society in Singapore on the continued use of the death penalty, but also offer a source for comparisons with data from other countries, and a “baseline” to assess possible shifts in public opinion in Singapore in the future.

Keywords: Singapore, death penalty, sentencing, public opinion

Suggested Citation

CHAN, Wing Cheong and TAN Ern Ser and Lee, Jack Tsen-Ta and MATHI, Braema, Public Opinion on the Death Penalty in Singapore: Survey Findings (February 11, 2018). NUS Law Working Paper No. 2018/002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3122150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3122150

Wing Cheong CHAN (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

469G Bukit Timah Road
Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore, 259776
Singapore

Ern Ser TAN

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

Jack Tsen-Ta Lee

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

HOME PAGE: http://jacklee.info

Braema MATHI

Independent ( email )

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