Pew Research Center reports and data on capital punishment, including long-term trends on public opinion.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 30, 2018

Where the public stands on key issues that could come before the Supreme Court

Ahead of the Senate’s deliberations over Kavanaugh, here’s a look at where the public stands on some of the major legal, political and social issues that could come before the Supreme Court in the years ahead.

Pew Research CenterAugust 10, 2018

11 states that have the death penalty haven’t used it in more than a decade

All 10 states that have the death penalty but haven’t used it in at least a decade currently have inmates on death row, though the number ranges from just one prisoner in New Hampshire and Wyoming to 744 in California.

ReligionAugust 2, 2018

5 facts about the death penalty

Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church’s teaching to fully oppose the death penalty. Read key facts about the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad.

Pew Research CenterJune 11, 2018

Public support for the death penalty ticks up

Public support for the death penalty, which reached a four-decade low in 2016, has increased somewhat since then. Since 2016, opinions among Republicans and Democrats have changed little, but the share of independents favoring the death penalty has increased 8 percentage points.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 20, 2017

Obama used clemency power more often than any president since Truman

Obama granted clemency to more people than any U.S. president in 64 years, but he also received far more requests than any president on record.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 28, 2016

U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991

Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 29, 2016

Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

The share of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.

Fact TankJuly 13, 2015

Some major U.S. religious groups differ from their members on the death penalty

Many large religious groups have taken positions in opposition to the death penalty even though that stance is sometimes at odds with the opinions of their adherents.

Fact TankApril 22, 2015

America’s death row population is shrinking

While most Americans continue to favor the death penalty for murder convictions, far fewer people are receiving death sentences than in years past.

Pew Research CenterApril 16, 2015

Less Support for Death Penalty, Especially Among Democrats

A majority of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, but support is at a 40-year low. Much of the decline in support since the mid-1990s has come among Democrats.