By: Chen Cheng-wei and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Out of every 10 people in Taiwan, there are nearly 9 who
oppose the idea of abolishing capital punishment, mainly because they think such a move would undermine public order and deprive the authorities of a deterrent to would-be criminals, according to a poll released Thursday.
The survey by the Cabinet’s National Development Council (NDC) found that 87.9 percent of Taiwanese want the death penalty to be retained, 4.8 percent are against it, and 7.3 percent have no clear position on the issue.
In a statement, the NDC said concern over the deterioration of public order was the main reason cited by those who want the death penalty to remain on the law books.
They indicated that in the absence of the death penalty, there would be no deterrent to potential criminals, the NSC said. [FULL STORY]