source: Aol News
published: 3 October 2016
Support for the death penalty for convicted murderers is the lowest it’s been since President Richard Nixon was in office, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
Just under half of Americans – 49 percent – favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder, while 42 percent oppose it. Support has dropped 7 percent since March 2015. Support for capital punishment peaked in the mid-1990s, when 80 percent of people were in favor and only 16 percent opposed it.
The study was conducted from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2 among 1,201 adults.
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Opposition hasn’t been this high since 1972, the same year the Supreme Court in the landmark Furman v. Georgia decision. The decision voided about 40 death penalty statutes, but allowed states to rewrite their capital punishment laws to eliminate the issues brought up in the case.
The Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The number of executions in the U.S. has , from 52 to 15 so far this year.