Death Penalty Support Plummets

One day after we released our report showing a surge of Republican death penalty repeal sponsors, more good news came out. Every October, Gallup releases its annual survey on death penalty support in the U.S. For the past several years, they have found support for capital punishment to be at or near its lowest point in 40-years. Now that support has declined even further.

According to the 2017 Gallup poll, support for capital punishment is the lowest it has been since 1972 – a 45-year low. While the firm found that 55% of Americans still favor the death penalty, it’s down from a high of 80% in 1994. They also discovered that Republican support for capital punishment dropped 10 points over the past year, bringing it to the lowest it has been since before 1988.

Gallup’s poll is important because it shows long-term historical trends that reveal how Americans are turning against the death penalty. But Gallup’s numbers may actually be inflated, since other polling firms have shown support for the death penalty to be even lower.

Source:: Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty