Strong majority against abolishing death penalty due to Pfizer ban - 393 participants, 881 responses

May 16, 2016

In May, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer imposed controls on the distribution of its drugs to prevent them from being used in lethal injections. Pfizer was the last pharmaceutical company approved by the U.S. government to provide the drugs used in lethal injections. To complete lethal injections, states must now experiment with new drug cocktails, turn to the black market, or work with compounding pharmacies to manufacture the lethal injection drugs.  On May 16, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “In light of Pfizer's decision to block the use of its drugs in executions, should NH abolish the death penalty?”

“In light of Pfizer's decision to block the use of its drugs in executions, should NH abolish the death penalty?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents


Participation:

A total of 92% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 8% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 881 responses from 393 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 83% ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed abolishing the death penalty due to the Pfizer ban.

  • “Our state law should not be influenced by a pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, because they are not part of our legal system.”
  • “Any criminal who committed a crime as hateful as murder deserves death as punishment.”
  • “NH should not abolish the death penalty. There are other methods that can be used instead of using drugs.”

Yes: A minority, at 17% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported abolishing the death penalty due to the Pfizer ban.

  • “Killing someone for killing someone makes you no better than the killer himself.”
  • “The death penalty deters no one and is often issued in a very biased manner…There is too much miscarriage of justice in the death penalty.”
  • “Yes, but not in light of anything Pfizer did. In light of a wish to renounce savagery.”

Other: As noted above, 8% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Questioning the need to focus on the issue at all: “Prescription drugs kill good people every day and they are worried about a few criminals.”
  • Expressing concern at whether Pfizer drugs should have been allowed in NH: “Maybe NH should not let Pfizer sell drugs that kill people in the first place.”
  • Broadening the discussion: “Private prisons are the reason our crime rate is high. Remove privatization, cut off local government kickbacks, legalize marijuana use for those who enjoy it, and then only violent offenders will be locked up.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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