The Pew Research Center released a poll in Sept. that shows American support for the death penalty is continuing to decline. According to the poll, 49 percent of Americans favor the death penalty for those convicted of first degree murder, while 42 percent oppose it. The rate of support dropped seven points from 2015, when 56 percent of Americans supported the death penalty.
The poll marks the first time in 45 years that support for the death penalty has fallen below 50 percent. Furthermore, death penalty support declined across every demographic group. When it comes to religion, the poll showed that 46 percent of Catholics oppose the death penalty and 43 percent support it. For more details on the poll, visit the Pew Research Center website.