10/02/2012

Two-thirds of people in UK support returning death penalty

From Angus Reid:
The views of people in Britain on capital punishment have not changed over the past year, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. 
In the online survey of a representative national sample of 2,009 British adults, 65 per cent of respondents support reinstating the death penalty for murder in Great Britain, virtually unchanged since 2011
The highest level of support for the return of capital punishment comes from men (68%) and Britons over the age of 55 (69%). 
Most supporters of the death penalty believe it would serve as a deterrent for potential murderers (66%), it would fit the crime because a convicted murderer has taken a life (62%), and would save taxpayers money and the costs associated with having murderers in prison (58%). . . .

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