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Mar. 28, 2014

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice.

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Mar. 28, 2014

Number of Executions in Each State Since 1977

Jan. 6, 2012

Majority Continues to Support Death Penalty

A November 2011 survey finds continued majority support for the death penalty in the U.S. Compared with 20 years ago, however, there is more concern today among death penalty opponents about flaws in the justice system and the possibility that innocent people could be put to death.

Sep. 23, 2011

Public Opinion on the Death Penalty

A 2010 Pew Research Center survey found that most Americans (62%) continue to express support for the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, while 30% oppose it. This is nearly identical to the level of support in 2007 but somewhat lower than earlier in the 2000s and especially the 1990s.

House Judiciary Committee
Sep. 17, 2010

Few Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views

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Nov. 4, 2009

Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Capital Punishment

Apr. 4, 2008

The Supreme Court Considers New Case on Capital Punishment

Dec. 19, 2007

Death Penalty Timeline

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Dec. 19, 2007

Lethal Injection on Trial: An Analysis of the Arguments Before the Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees

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Dec. 19, 2007

An Impassioned Debate: An Overview of the Death Penalty in America