Pew Poll Finds Majority Continue to Support Death Penalty
The Pew Research Center has released a new poll on the death penalty.
62% favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder while 31% are opposed. That is generally in line with polling on the death penalty over the past several years.
Of those who responded they oppose the death penalty, 27% said it's wrong or immoral and 27% said they were concerned about wrongful convictions. In the poll 20 years ago, 41% of those opposed based their objections on moral grounds and 11% of them objected due to the potential injustice of a wrongful conviction.
The reasons for those supporting the death penalty haven't changed in 20 years: [More...]
Roughly half (53%) say the punishment fits the crime or that it is what murderers deserve. A smaller share raises concerns about the costs of keeping murderers in prison for life (15%).
Relatively few death penalty supporters cite deterrence (6%) or keeping murderers from committing more crimes (5%) in explaining their position.
Not surprisingly, many more Republicans than Democrats support the death penalty. Just another reason not to elect Republicans. So long as their constituents favor executions, they have little impetus to change the law.
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