Americans Support Death Penalty

Do you favour or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?

Jul. 2008 Dec. 2004
Favour 63% 62%
Oppose 29% 29%
Unsure 8% 9%

The Supreme Court has recently ruled that a mandatory death penalty for child rape is unconstitutional. Do you favour or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of child rape?

Favour 55%
Oppose 38%
Unsure 7%

Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?

Jul. 2008 Dec. 2004
Death Penalty 47% 42%
Life in Prison 44% 46%
Unsure 9% 12%

Source: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,783 registered American voters, conducted from Jul. 8 to Jul. 13, 2008. Margin of error is 2.3 per cent.

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