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55 Percent Favor Death Penalty for Convicted Murderers

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Fifty-five percent of Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers. Gallup reports that’s the lowest level of support since 1972.[1] Forty-one percent of Americans oppose the death penalty.

Support for capital punishment peaked during the 1990s at 80 percent.

Gallup has been asking the same question since 1936 and only once found more opposition than support. In 1966, 47 percent opposed the death penalty and only 42 percent supported it.

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Footnotes:

1. Gallup, "U.S. Death Penalty Support Lowest Since 1972," October 26, 2017

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