PUBLIC OPINION > The Captain of the Costa Concordia Should Face Criminal Charges
News 2012/01/17 18:26:32
At the time of writing this, there have been eleven confirmed deaths as a result of the Costa Concordia running aground off of Tuscany, and there are still 24 missing. Many more are injured, locals are concerned about fuel leaks, and no one has any idea how it happened. Many are saying the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is responsible. That assumption is fueled by a black box recording that makes him sound like a frantic chef on "Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares." He's being charged with manslaughter, abandoning ship, and causing a shipwreck. We asked SodaHeads if the charges should have been filed.
Should the Captain of the Costa Concordia Face Criminal Charges?
63% Think He Should
It would be one thing to ask if the guy is guilty, but innocent until proven, right? Instead, we asked if the captain should face criminal charges. We also asked if Costa Cruises, a part of Carnival Corp, should face a criminal investigation. Both polls turned up affirmative -- there should be a thorough investigation involving the captain and the corporation. We were interested to find that there were differences in how people voted for each question, though both were pretty strongly in favor.
Undecided About the Captain
There was 16% less support for charging the captain than there was for launching an investigation on Costa, but the "No" vote was exactly the same for both. All of the reduced support was siphoned into the "Undecided" vote, meaning respondents were more hesitant to charge an individual than an organization.
Men Are More Decided
Men and women voted evenly on the Costa investigations, but again there was more variation with the captain. Men were a little bit more likely to have the captain face criminal charges than women, though they were also a little more likely to let him off the hook. More than a third of women were undecided.
Atheists Aren't Convinced
There was hardly any political difference, but religion had a lot of variation in dealing with the captain. Only 38% of atheists were sure the captain should face charges, compared to 61% of Christians. However, atheists and Christians voted almost exactly the same on the Costa investigation.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original Quick Poll about the Costa Concordia. We'd love to hear from you!
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