source: The Crimson White
published: 3 November 2016
Not all debates are matters of life and death, but with capital punishment, it certainly is. Across the country, many voters will face a choice about the death penalty, and the contentious issue has students and experts at The University of Alabama.
Statistically speaking, Americans across the country seem to be less enthusiastic about the death penalty than they used to be. At the height of the 1990s, when a Republican Congress worked with a Democratic president to pass a major crime bill, support for capital punishment was at a record-high 80 percent, according to the Gallup polling company. But almost 20 years later, that number has fallen to around 60 percent, the most recent data from Gallup shows.
Such a statistical shift in public opinion could have an impact in the polls. For the states putting the death penalty on trial, the vote could be much different result in 2016 than it would have in 1996.
This year, voters in California will have the choice between dueling ballot initiatives on the topic of capital punishment.