United States Virgin Islands death penalty referendum, 1978

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A referendum on the death penalty was held in the United States Virgin Islands on 7 November 1978,[1] in response to a decree by the Governor of the Islands. He requested a non-binding consultative referendum be held in conjunction with the next general election.


Voting Question:

Which of the following statements best represents your view on capital punishment?
  • (1) I favor capital punishment for all persons convicted of first degree murder.
  • (2) I favor capital punishment only for those persons convicted of first degree murder of a law enforcement officer, or murder committed in the perpetration or attempt to perpetrate rape.
  • (3) I oppose capital punishment for any crime.
Choice Votes %
Option 1 6,760 41.52
Option 2 2,243 13.78
Option 3 7,280 44.71
Invalid votes 5,550
Total 21,833 100
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ United States Virgin Islands, 7 November 1978: Death Penalty Direct Democracy (German)
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