Poll: National Support For Death Penalty At 39-Year Low

On the heels of the execution of Troy Davis, a new Gallup poll finds that national support for the death penalty has hit a 39-year low. Just 61 percent of Americans back the death penalty, “the lowest since 1972 when the Supreme Court ruled on Furman v. Georgia, which lead to a moratorium on capital punishment for several years.” The survey reveals that Americans “feel less confident” that the penalty is applied justly, with only 52 percent saying its applied fairly. The all-time high was 80 percent expressing support in 1994. The survey also shows that Republicans (73 percent) are far more likely to approve of the death penalty than Democrats (46 percent).