The legislature of the Philippines voted recently to abolish the death penalty.
In contrast, the death penalty remains legal in the United States. The
difference in the legality of capital punishment demonstrates that the
majority of American citizens believe in the death penalty, while the majority
of Filipino citizens do not. Which of the following is an assumption upon
which the above argument depends?
a) There are more murders per year in the United States than in the Philippines.
b) The legal status of capital punishment in the United States and the Philippines aligns with how the majority of citizens in those respective countries view the death penalty.
c) There are not strong voices opposing the death penalty in the United States.
d) Most American citizens who believe in the death penalty think that it acts as a deterrent for potential criminals, while most Filipino citizens do not.
e) The legal standard used to determine whether a criminal should be sentenced to the death penalty in the United States is similar to the legal
standard used in the Philippines before capital punishment was abolished there.