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Support for the Death Penalty 1977-2009

Published:22 January 2008
Fieldwork:1977 - 2008
Keywords:Capital Punishment, Crime, Death penalty, Sentencing
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See also 2009 Research for Channel 4 on the death penalty

Q Do you think the death penalty is ever justified or not?

  25-26 October
1977
13 June
1978
8-9 April
1979
 June
1981
30 December
1989-
3 January
1990
4 August
1995
   % % % % %  %
Yes/sometimes
81 77 74  78 63 76
No, never
17 21 23  19 33 19
Don't know 2 2 3  3 4 5

Base: c. 1,000 GB adults aged 18+

Q Do you believe the death penalty should be re-introduced in Britain for certain crimes, or not?

 

19 October
1987

%
Yes, should
67
No, should not
28
Don't know
5

Base: 1,109 GB adults aged 18+

Q Do you favour or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?

 

9-18 February
2007

%
Strongly favour 29
Somewhat favour 21
Somewhat oppose 16
Strongly oppose 29
Not sure
5

Base: 1,000 UK (GB and NI) adults aged 18+

Q I am going to read out some statements and would like you to tell me whether, on balance, you agree or disagree with each.
There should be the death penalty for certain kinds of murder

 

3-6 January
2008

%
Agree 66
Disagree 32
Don't know 2

Base: 1,070 UK (GB and NI) adults aged 16+

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