How Long Will The United States Keep The Death Penalty?

March 22, 2012, 12:00 PM GMT+0

Support for the death penalty may be cracking in the US, with only 54% expressing support in the Economist/YouGov poll (Week of 3/17/2012) and 23% opposed, with 23% not sure.

Looking ahead, sharp differences in opinion by age suggest the next generation may be willing to reconsider the death penalty. Among the youngest, age 18-29, only 40% support, 30% oppose, 29% not sure. Among the oldest, 62% support, 25% oppose, 13% not sure.

Economist/YouGov poll archives can be found here

Photo source: Press Association