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

Fact Tank Apr. 30, 2014

Botched execution in Oklahoma renews death-penalty debate

Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett has renewed debate about how, and whether, the U.S. should impose the death penalty.

Religion Mar. 28, 2014

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, public support for capital punishment has been ticking downward for the past two decades.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2014

Support for death penalty drops among Americans

More than half of Americans favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, down from 78% in 1996.