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

ReligionApril 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.

ReligionMarch 28, 2014

Number of Executions in Each State Since 1977

Use this interactive to see how many executions have occurred in each state in a given year or overall since 1977, the year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed its approval of the death penalty.

ReligionMarch 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.

ReligionMarch 28, 2014

Lower support for death penalty tracks with falling crime rates, more exonerations

Over the past half-century, public support for the death penalty has generally tracked increases and declines in rates of violent crime.

ReligionFebruary 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.