With Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement Tuesday that his state will not use the death penalty while he’s in office, the issue of the death penalty has been a topic of focus.
Pew Research Center: “While a majority of Americans (55%) favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, according to a 2013 Pew Research survey, that number has declined significantly over the last two decades.”
Scott Bland weighs in: “So far, Republican-leaning states haven’t joined the last decade worth of activity on the death penalty and same-sex marriage, reflecting how public opinion on both issues does remain polarized. But the burst of legislation, court decisions, and gubernatorial decisions in these blue states demonstrate how these two ‘culture war’ issues of two decades past have joined the political mainstream.”