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

Opinion of U.S. citizens on the death penalty 1936-2017 The statistic reflects the opinions of surveyed U.S. citizens on the imposition of the death penalty. In 2017, around 55 percent of respondents supported the death penalty.
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In favorNot in favorNo opinion
193659%38%3%
195368%25%7%
196053%36%11%
197149%40%11%
198166%25%9%
199176%18%6%
200066%28%6%
200564%30%6%
200667%28%5%
200769%27%4%
200864%30%5%
200965%31%5%
201064%29%6%
201161%35%4%
201263%32%6%
201360%35%5%
201463%33%4%
201561%37%2%
201660%37%3%
201755%41%3%
In favorNot in favorNo opinion
193659%38%3%
195368%25%7%
196053%36%11%
197149%40%11%
198166%25%9%
199176%18%6%
200066%28%6%
200564%30%6%
200667%28%5%
200769%27%4%
200864%30%5%
200965%31%5%
201064%29%6%
201161%35%4%
201263%32%6%
201360%35%5%
201463%33%4%
201561%37%2%
201660%37%3%
201755%41%3%
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The statistic reflects the opinions of surveyed U.S. citizens on the imposition of the death penalty. In 2017, around 55 percent of respondents supported the death penalty.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1936 -2017
Number of respondents
About 1,000 in each poll
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview

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