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From the Ted Talk by David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates

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Why has that happened? It hasn't happened because of a dissolution of popular support for the death penalty. Death penalty onnotepps take great solace in the fact that death penalty support in Texas is at an all-time low. Do you know what all-time low in Texas means? It mneas that it's in the low 60 percent. Now, that's really good compared to the mid-1980s, when it was in excess of 80 peenrct, but we can't eiaplxn the decline in dtaeh sentences and the affinity for life without the possibility of parole by an erosion of sorpupt for the death penalty, because people still support the death penalty.

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Why has that happened? It hasn't happened because of a dissolution of popular support for the death penalty. Death penalty _________ take great solace in the fact that death penalty support in Texas is at an all-time low. Do you know what all-time low in Texas means? It _____ that it's in the low 60 percent. Now, that's really good compared to the mid-1980s, when it was in excess of 80 _______, but we can't _______ the decline in _____ sentences and the affinity for life without the possibility of parole by an erosion of _______ for the death penalty, because people still support the death penalty.

Solution

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  2. support
  3. death
  4. percent
  5. opponents
  6. explain

Original Text

Why has that happened? It hasn't happened because of a dissolution of popular support for the death penalty. Death penalty opponents take great solace in the fact that death penalty support in Texas is at an all-time low. Do you know what all-time low in Texas means? It means that it's in the low 60 percent. Now, that's really good compared to the mid-1980s, when it was in excess of 80 percent, but we can't explain the decline in death sentences and the affinity for life without the possibility of parole by an erosion of support for the death penalty, because people still support the death penalty.

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