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Facts & figures: Death penalty views

Since 1999, Gallup Poll surveys of Americans about their attitudes toward the death penalty show support among about two-thirds of respondents.

At the 1991 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, in contrast, a social statement opposing the death penalty passed by a vote of more than two-thirds of the voting members. The social statement cites opposition because of the church’s “ministry with and to people affected by violent crime ... commitment to justice ... concern regarding the actual use of the death penalty ...”.


Is the death penalty right for a person convicted of murder?

 foragainst
1999 71%22%
2007 69%27% 


Which is the better penalty for murder?

 deathlife in prison
199956%38%
200647%48%


Is the death penalty moral?

 acceptablewrong 
200163%27%
200766%27%

Source: The Gallup Poll , Oct. 12, 2007

 


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