New Poll: Americans Opposed to Death Penalty for People with Mental Illness

A new poll by Public Policy Polling released today found that Americans oppose the death penalty for persons with mental illness by a margin of 2 to 1. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they opposed the death penalty for persons with mental illness, while only 28% favored it. Opposition was consistent across all political parties, with a majority of Democrats (62%), Republicans (59%), and Independents(51%) all indicating they opposed the death penalty for the mentally ill, and across all regions of the country.

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Gallup Poll Measures Lowest Support for Death Penalty Since 1972

Results from the latest Gallup Poll show that national support for the death penalty has dropped to its lowest level in more than 40 years.  According to the poll, “Sixty percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support Gallup has measured since November 1972, when 57% […]

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National Poll Finds Changing Attitudes Toward Death Penalty

Earlier this week, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) published the results of a national poll about Americans’ views on the death penalty.  Here are some of the key findings: The poll showed growing support for alternatives to the death penalty when compared with previous polls. 61% of voters would choose a punishment other than […]

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In-depth Look at Recent Death Penalty Trends in Texas

The Crime Report, an independent non-partisan medium for issues relating to crime and justice, published an article on March 7, 2010 called “The Death Penalty in Texas: A Change in Heart?” The article focuses on recent trends in Texas regarding the decreasing number of death sentences across the state, most notably in Harris County. Harris […]

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