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InteractivesApril 16, 2015

Number of Executions in Each State Since 1977

Over 1300 executions have occurred in the U.S. since 1977, the year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed its approval of the death penalty. See how many executions have been performed in each state since the ruling.

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Polling and AnalysisMarch 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.

Polling and AnalysisJanuary 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.

Polling and AnalysisSeptember 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.

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Polling and AnalysisSeptember 17, 2010

Few Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views

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Polling and AnalysisNovember 4, 2009

Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Capital Punishment

Legal BackgrounderApril 4, 2008

The Supreme Court Considers New Case on Capital Punishment

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Polling and AnalysisDecember 19, 2007

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

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Polling and AnalysisDecember 19, 2007

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

Data VisualizationDecember 19, 2007

Death Penalty Timeline