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Support for Death Penalty Still High, but Down

posted on June 6, 2014

In The Washington Post, Reid Wilson and Scott Clement report on a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that finds declining support for the death penalty. Sixty percent of Americans in the poll support the death penalty. “That number is down from roughly two-thirds who supported it in polls from 2002-2006, and well below the 80 percent high-water mark found in a 1994 survey,” Wilson and Clement write. For the first time, more than half of respondents say they prefer convicted murderers to receive life in prison without parole as opposed to the death penalty.

Read at The Washington Post