National Survey of 800
Conducted February 1-2, 2015
By Rasmussen Reports
1* Do you favor or oppose the death penalty?
2* Does the death penalty help to deter crime?
3* How concerned are you that some people may be executed for crimes they didn’t commit?
4* Has your state banned the death penalty?
5* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the trial of the suspect in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado?
6* If convicted, should the suspect in the Aurora shooting incident receive the death penalty?
7* If he is convicted, how likely is it that the Aurora shooting suspect will receive the death penalty?
8* If a jury believes a suspected criminal is mentally ill, should that suspect be punished less severely than someone who is not mentally ill?
9* Which will do the most to reduce the number of mass murders like the one in Colorado – stricter gun control laws, more action to treat mental health issues or limits on violent movies and video games?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence