Opinion of U.S. citizens on the death penalty 1936-2018

Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

Opinion of U.S. citizens on the death penalty 1936-2018 The statistic illustrates the opinions of surveyed United States citizens on the imposition of the death penalty from 1936 to 2018. In 2018, around 56 percent of respondents supported the death penalty.
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Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

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In favorNot in favorNo opinion
201856%41%4%
201755%41%3%
201660%37%3%
201561%37%2%
201463%33%4%
201360%35%5%
201263%32%6%
201161%35%4%
201064%29%6%
200965%31%5%
200864%30%5%
200769%27%4%
200667%28%5%
200564%30%6%
200066%28%6%
199176%18%6%
198166%25%9%
197149%40%11%
196053%36%11%
195368%25%7%
193659%38%3%
In favorNot in favorNo opinion
201856%41%4%
201755%41%3%
201660%37%3%
201561%37%2%
201463%33%4%
201360%35%5%
201263%32%6%
201161%35%4%
201064%29%6%
200965%31%5%
200864%30%5%
200769%27%4%
200667%28%5%
200564%30%6%
200066%28%6%
199176%18%6%
198166%25%9%
197149%40%11%
196053%36%11%
195368%25%7%
193659%38%3%
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The statistic illustrates the opinions of surveyed United States citizens on the imposition of the death penalty from 1936 to 2018. In 2018, around 56 percent of respondents supported the death penalty.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1936 to 2018
Number of respondents
about 1,000 in each poll
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
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