Less Than Half of Americans Support Death Penalty
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of American Adults favor the death penalty, 28% oppose it, and 26% are undecided. Support for capital punishment has fallen slightly from 49% in July 2019 and is more than 15 points lower than the 63% who favored the death penalty in June 2011. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 16-17, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research.
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