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Questions - Death Penalty and Aurora Shooting - February 1-2, 2015

Americans Are Still Pro-Death Penalty
Most Still Favor Death Sentence for Colorado Theater Shooter
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National Survey of 800 American Adults
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