More than half of the U.S. population for the death penalty

More and more Americans demand the death penalty for criminals. Shooting in schools, terrorist attacks, serious crime and murder that shocked the United States in recent years have changed the attitude of Americans to guns and capital punishment.

Over the last two years supporters of the death penalty became more

In 2016 the data of public opinion regarding support for the death penalty showed a record low for recent years indicators. Two years later this figure has changed dramatically, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Now the death penalty for persons convicted of murder support 54% of Americans, while 39% oppose such sanctions. But it’s still not as many as in the 90s.

The Americans was the least inclined to support the death penalty in the 70-ies. Since then, the number of speakers for it, as punishment, is constantly changing. In the 90 years the idea has received the most approval. In 2007, the percentage in favour has reached 64%, while the «against» were made by only 29% of the population.

Most supporters of execution — Republicans

Since the 90-ies, ardent supporters of capital punishment become Republicans. Democrats are less inclined to advocate for the death penalty.

To date, 77% of Republicans support the death penalty. Among Democrats, the figure is much lower at just 35%. Quite a lot of indicators from independent voters — 52%. These figures show how much has changed the attitude of Americans during the presidency of trump.

Men are more likely to support the death penalty

Gender and race play a role in this study. According to a recent survey, approximately 61% of men favor the death penalty and 34 percent opposed. Unlike men, in women, the opinion was divided almost evenly: 46% support the death penalty, while 45% oppose it. According to the survey 59% of white Americans favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, compared to 47% Hispanic and 36% African-American population of America.

According to studies published in 2015, 63% of respondents believe that the death penalty is a moral reason to justify. However, 71% of Americans are of the opinion that there is a risk that an innocent man be put to death, and 61% believe that the death penalty cannot stop crime.