Americans Divided On The Proper Punishment For Afghanistan Massacre

March 29, 2012, 11:00 AM GMT+0

(Week of 3/24/2012) 86% of Americans have heard the allegations against U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who allegedly shot and killed more than a dozen Afghan civilians last week. Respondents in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are divided on what should happen to Bales should he be found guilty.

27% favor the death penalty, 29% life without parole, 22% imprisonment with the possibility of parole, and 21% are not sure. with the possibility of parole. 36% of men and 32% of Republicans support the death penalty as punishment. Women and Democrats are more in favor on life imprisonment without parole.

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