Unfairness, high costs, victims needs, and innocence are important to voters thinking about the death penalty
(See also this poll broken out by, compared to the country as a whole. P Catholics showed stronger support for alternatives to the death penalty. ) (Nov. 16, 2010, Washington, D. C. )P The Death Penalty Information Center released the results of one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Americans views on the death penalty. A national poll of 1,500 registered voters conducted by Lake Research Partners shows growing support for alternatives to the death penalty compared with previous polls. A clear majority of voters (61%) would choose a punishment other than the death penalty for murder, including life with no possibility of parole and with restitution to the victims family (39%), life with no possibility of parole (13%), or life with the possibility of parole (9%). In states with the death penalty, a plurality of voters said it would make no difference in their vote if a representative supported repeal of the death penalty; and a majority (62%) said either it would make no difference (38%) or they would be more likely to vote for such a representative (24%). P The nations police chiefs rank the death penalty last in their priorities for effective crime reduction. The officers do not believe the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder, and they rate it as one of most inefficient uses of taxpayer dollars in fighting crime.
Criminologists concur that the death penalty does not effectively reduce the number of murders. A Crisis of Confidence: Americans\’ Doubts About the Death Penalty. Because of mistakes and a lack of efficacy, the death penalty is losing the confidence of the American public, according to a new poll by RT Strategies. Almost 40% of the U. S. population believe they would be excluded as jurors in capital cases and a strong majority (58%) believe it is time for a moratorium on the death penalty while the process undergoes a careful review. The poll was commissioned by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) (June 9, 2007). Capital punishment is legal in a, including in two states в California and Nebraska в where voters in the 2016 election. Nationally, however, public support for the death penalty has fallen in recent years, as has the number of executions. The death penalty has been back in the news recently as Arkansas carried out its since 2005 в one of eight inmates the state originally planned to put to death over the course of 11 days this month. Courts have since intervened and some of the executions. As the debate over the death penalty continues in the U. S. and worldwide, here are five facts about the issue: The annual number of U. S. executions peaked at 98 in 1999 and has fallen sharply in the years since.
In 2016, were executed, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Thatвs, when 14 people were executed. Just five states в Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas в accounted for all executions in 2016, compared with 20 states in 1999. For the first time in a decade, the U. S. was not among the top five countries in executions in 2016, a human rights organization that opposes the practice. The U. S. ranked seventh internationally, behind China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt. Overall, there were at least 1,032 executions in 23 nations in 2016, with just four countries в Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan в accounting for 87% of the total. The international total excludes figures from China, which does not publish information about its use of capital punishment but may well carry out more executions than all other countries combined. Indeed, the Cornell University Law School estimated that the in 2015. While the overall number of global executions was down 37% from 2015, it remained higher than the average recorded for the prior decade, and the number of death sentences reached a record high of 3,117 in 2016. Support for the death penalty in the U. S. has fallen dramatically in the past two decades, but more Americans still favor than oppose it. A Pew Research Center poll in August and September 2016 found that 49% favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 42% oppose it.
But support is at its. Democrats account for much of the decline in support over the past two decades. In 2016, just 34% of Democrats favored the death penalty, compared with 72% of Republicans. Americans harbor doubts about how the death penalty is applied and whether it deters serious crime. In a from 2015, about six-in-ten adults said the death penalty does not deter people from committing serious crimes. About half also said that minorities are more likely than whites to be sentenced to death for similar crimes, compared with 41% who said a death sentence is equally likely for both. About seven-in-ten adults (71%) said there is a risk that an innocent person will be put to death, including 84% of those who oppose the death penalty. Even a majority of death penalty supporters (63%) said thereвs a risk of taking an innocent life. There are racial and gender divides in opinions on the death penalty in the U. S. A majority of whites (57%) favor the death penalty, compared with 29% of blacks and 36% of Hispanics, according to Pew Research Center from 2016. Also, men are more likely than women to favor capital punishment (55% vs. 43%). Note: This is an update to a post published May 28, 2015, written by Sara Kehaulani Goo, then a senior digital editor at Pew Research Center. Related posts: Category: Topics:, Get Pew Research Center