American support for the death penalty has dipped to a level not seen in 45 years, according to a 2017 Gallup poll released recently. Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are “in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder,” down from a reported 60 percent in October 2016. The 5 percentage point drop represents the lowest level of support for the death penalty in the U.S. since March 1972, just before the June 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v Georgia that declared the death penalty unconstitutional. The Gallup poll also reported opposition to the death penalty at 41 percent. The last time Gallup reported higher opposition to the death penalty was in May 1966, when 47 percent of the respondents were opposed to capital punishment.
November 13, 2017 Uncategorized