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Most Favor Death Penalty, But Don't Think It Deters Crime

On Monday, Arkansas executed two death-row criminals in the nation’s first double execution since 2000. Americans in general still favor the death penalty, but they’re not convinced it actually helps deter crime.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults favor the death penalty, while 31% oppose it. Another 15% are not sure how they feel about capital punishment. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 23-24, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 23-24, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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