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“There is barely a country in Europe where the death penalty was abolished in response to public opinion rather than in spite of it. In other words, if these countries’ political cultures are morally superior to America’s, it’s because they’re less democratic.”
— Joshua Marshall, writing in The New Republic

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Harris Interactive
Jan 2004 – Harris Poll

More than 2/3 of Americans support capital punishment.

Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?
Gallup Poll on Death Penalty

Poll shows Italian-Americans and Asian-Americans
are strongest ethnic groups in support of death penalty

The Polling Report

Death Penalty
Remains in Favor

Public Stills Supports Ultimate Punishment

British attitudes on capital punishment – (2000)

Q4-10 I am going to read out a list of various crimes and I would like you to tell me what you think the sentence should be for each one. Should it be the death penalty, a life prison sentence, a long prison sentence, a short prison sentence, or should it be none of these? Firstly for…

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Death penalty A life prison sentence A long prison sentence A short prison sentence None Don’t know
Question posed V % % % % % %
Murder of an adult stranger 31 50 15 * 1 3
Serious sexual abuse of an adult stranger 11 43 41 2 1 2
Murder of a child 58 33 7 * 1 1
Serious sexual abuse of a child 30 45 21 1 2 1
Kidnap of a child 8 39 44 4 2 4
Murder of a husband or wife in a fit of rage 8 28 37 10 4 13
Murder committed in prison while already serving a life sentence 35 43 10 1 3 8

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