Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty. Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project. March 28, 2014.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice. While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty, public opinion in favor of capital punishment has seen a modest decline since November 2011, the last time Pew Research asked the question. In 2011, fully six-in-ten U.S. adults (62%) favored the death penalty for murder convictions, and 31% opposed it. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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