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Death and Doubts


“More in U.S. Expressing Doubts About Death Penalty,” says the Washington Post’s front page. Peter Slevin writes: “Public opinion polls show that nearly two-thirds of Americans support the death penalty, but that is a significant drop from the peak, in 1994, when 80 percent of respondents told Gallup pollsters they were in favor of capital punishment.”

It’s true that there’s less significantly less support for the death penalty now than there was a decade ago. But there appears to be more support for it than there was five years ago. He’s reporting on a trend in public opinion half a decade after it ended. See here and here (especially the Gallup numbers).