Poll Shows Support for Death Penalty is Lowest in 30 Years

FOX 24 -- Support for the death penalty is at some of the lowest levels since the 1970s, according to a Gallup poll.

In October 2013, Gallup reported 60-percent of Americans said they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers. The only time support has been lower in Gallup's research was in November 1972, when 57% were in favor. Death penalty support peaked at 80% in 1994, but it has gradually declined since then, according to their research.

Take a look at this breakdown over 80 years of polling. Gallup first asked Americans their views on the death penalty using this question in 1936, and has updated it periodically since then, including annual updates since 1999.

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