Support the Death Penalty
That’s the number of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, somewhat fewer than in the late 1990s, but little changed since 2001.
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults (64%) support the imposition of the death penalty for persons convicted of murder — somewhat fewer than in the late 1990s, but little changed since 2001. Currently, 29% oppose execution in these circumstances. Support is higher among men (68%) than women (60%), and is substantially higher among whites (69%) than among African Americans (44%) and Hispanics (45%). More Republicans than Democrats favor the death penalty, but even among the latter, a small majority does so (56%, vs. 78% for Republicans). Read More