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February 28, 2015

A New Low for Support of the Death Penalty

ABC News: “A majority of Americans favor life imprisonment without parole over the death penalty for convicted murderers, a first in ABC News/Washington Post polls.”

“Given a choice between the two options, 52 percent pick life in prison as the preferred punishment, while 42 percent favor the death penalty – the fewest in polls dating back 15 years.”

“Without an alternative offered, 61 percent continue to support the death penalty, matching 2007 as the fewest in polls back to the early 1980s. That’s down sharply from 80 percent in 1994.”

“Support for the death penalty is higher in the 32 states that have it, 64 percent, vs. 54 percent elsewhere. In a wider gap, people in death-penalty states divide about evenly in their preference for capital punishment vs. life without parole, while in other states life imprisonment is preferred by a 20-point margin.”

Graph: Death Penalty Information Center

  • Smith_90125

    It’s too bad that the violence involved in killing people is turning the tide against state murder of prisoners. The fact that innocent people have been killed for crimes they didn’t commit doesn’t matter to them, never mind the inherent racism in the US court system, the lack of adequate representation for poor defendants, the rampant corruption among cops, lawyers, judges and forensics “experts”, etc.

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