But it still is a rather strong 61%. That, however, is down from most recent 64%, perhaps reflecting reaction to Troy Davis case. However, as we have noted before -- and Gallup gets around to it at the very end -- polls have shown that half or less of public still backs executions when life without parole is the option.
Results of new poll break down pretty much as one might figure: higher support expressed by men, by Republicans, by older folks, but people in the South and Midwest, and by whites.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Gallup Finds U.S. Backing for Death Penalty at Lowest Point in Decades
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