83 percent of Americans support death penalty

These are some surprisingly high percentages given the past results from this source. The previous surveys have all shown high percentages of support, but not this high.

Across the country, 83 per cent of respondents support punishing homicide with the death penalty, while 13 per cent are opposed. A majority of Americans would also rely on capital punishment to punish rape (62%) and kidnapping (51%), but not armed robbery (40%).

Respondents are evenly split on the overall effect of the death penalty. While 39 per cent of Americans think capital punishment acts as a deterrent, 35 per cent disagree. Republicans (52%) are more likely to believe that the death penalty deters potential criminals than Independents (40%) and Democrats (34%). . . .



Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "We can't be having our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals executed! Aside from the discouraging effect it has on them, it might interfere with their book deals."

11/17/2010 6:31 AM  

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