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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
Even though the United States used torture and practices the death penalty, most Western countries have a more
than unfavorable view of the country.
Polled citizens of "most Western countries" probably do not focus on the prevalence of torture and the death penalty when assessing their general view of the United States.
America may be perceived to have a leadership role yet this does not imply that the use of the death penalty does not harm its reputation abroad.
There are many factors that build or damage a state's reputation. The US can have a major role as a world leader, while still having their reputation damaged by the use of the death penalty.