Opposition to the death penalty increases in the US

UNITED STATESUNITED STATES. Photo: REUTERS Jason Reed / SCANPIX

Fewer and fewer Americans support the use of the death penalty, according to a new statistic.

49 percent of respondents in a poll conducted by the Pew Reasearch Center, said that they support the use of the death penalty for convicted murderer, while 42 percent say they are opposed.

It is the first time in over 40 years that less than 50 percent of those surveyed are in favor of executing convicted murderers, and only in the last year did the proportion fall sharply.

In a similar survey in March last year 56 percent of respondents said that they believed convicted murderers should be executed.

Pew Reasearch Center started its research in the 1930s. The only year there was a majority against the death penalty, was in 1966. Then 47 percent said no to the death penalty, while 42 percent were in favor.

Since then the proportion of supporters increased steadily to 1995, when 80 percent of respondents supported the death penalty for convicted murderers.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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