Support for Death Penalty at Lowest Point Since 1970s – Pew Research Center

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“Only about half of Americans (49%) now favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 42% oppose it. Support has dropped 7 percentage points since March 2015, from 56%. Public support for capital punishment peaked in the mid-1990s, when eight-in-ten Americans (80% in 1994) favored the death penalty and fewer than two-in-ten were opposed (16%). Opposition to the death penalty is now the highest it has been since 1972.

Though support for the death penalty has declined across most groups, a Pew Research Center survey conducted Aug. 23-Sept. 2 among 1,201 adults finds that most Republicans continue to largely favor its use in cases of murder, while most Democrats oppose it. By more than two-to-one, more Republicans (72%) than Democrats (34%) currently favor the death penalty.”

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Survey data showing Americans’ support for the death penalty in 2016 is lower than any other time since 1970, and among lowest in history.

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  • Baxter Oliphant

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  • Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

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  • Pew Research Center

Date:

  • September 29, 2016

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