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  • Indiana Death Row 1977 - 2008
  • Indiana Executions Since 1900
  • Indiana Death Row Statistics
  • Indiana Death Penalty Laws
  • The Death Penalty in the U.S.
  • Capital Punishment Timeline
  • U.S. Executions Since 1976
  • Methods of Execution
  • Public Opinion Polls
  • Updates Since April 1, 2008
  • 1000+ Death Penalty Links


  • Gallup Polls

    Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

     

    For

    Against

    No Opinion

           

    2007 Oct 4-7

    69%

    27%

    04%

    2006 May 2-5

    65%

    28%

    07%

    2005 Oct 13-16

    64%

    30%

    06%

    2005 May 2-5

    74%

    23%

    03%

    2004 May 2-4

    71%

    26%

    03%

    2003 Oct 6-8

    64%

    32%

    04%

    2003 May 19-21

    70%

    28%

    02%

    2003 May 5-7

    74%

    24%

    02%

    2002 October 10-13

    70%

    25%

    05%

    2002 May 6-9

    72%

    25%

    03%

    2001 Oct 11-14

    68%

    26%

    06%

    2001 May 10-14

    65%

    27%

    08%

    2001 Feb 19-21

    67%

    25%

    08%

    2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

    67%

    28%

    05%

    2000 Jun 23-25

    66%

    26%

    08%

    2000 Feb 14-15

    66%

    28%

    06%

    1999 Feb 8-9

    71%

    22%

    07%

    1995 May 11-14

    77%

    13%

    10%

    1994 Sep 6-7

    80%

    16%

    04%

    1991 Jun 13-16

    76%

    18%

    06%

    1988 Sep 25-Oct 1

    79%

    16%

    05%

    1988 Sep 9-11

    79%

    16%

    05%

    1986 Jan 10-13

    70%

    22%

    08%

    1985 Jan 11-14

    72%

    20%

    08%

    1985 Nov 11-18

    75%

    17%

    08%

    1981 Jan 30-Feb 2

    66%

    25%

    09%

    1978 Mar 3-6

    62%

    27%

    11%

    1976 Apr 9-12

    66%

    26%

    08%

    1972 Nov 10-13

    57%

    32%

    11%

    1972 Mar 3-5

    50%

    41%

    09%

    1971 Oct 29-Nov 2

    49%

    40%

    11%

    1969 Jan 23-28

    51%

    40%

    09%

    1967 Jun 2-7

    54%

    38%

    08%

    1966 May 19-24

    42%

    47%

    11%

    1965 Jan 7-12

    45%

    43%

    12%

    1960 Mar 2-7

    53%

    36%

    11%

    1957 Aug 29-Sep 4

    47%

    34%

    18%

    1956 Mar 29-Apr 3

    53%

    34%

    13%

    1953 Nov 1-5

    68%

    25%

    07%

    1937 Dec 1-6

    60%

    33%

    07%

    Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?

    (Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,010 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Oct. 4-7, 2007. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is Ī3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.)

     

    For

    Against

    No Opinion

           

    Conservative

    81%

    16%

    03%

    Republican

    81%

    16%

    03%

    Over 50 Male

    78%

    18%

    04%

    Male

    76%

    20%

    04%

    18-49 Male

    74%

    22%

    04%

    West

    73%

    25%

    02%

    Some College

    73%

    22%

    05%

    White

    73%

    23%

    04%

    Midwest

    72%

    24%

    04%

    High School or Less

    72%

    23%

    05%

    Total College

    67%

    29%

    04%

    Independent

    67%

    28%

    05%

    East

    66%

    30%

    04%

    South

    66%

    29%

    05%

    College Grad

    66%

    30%

    04%

    Over 50 Female

    66%

    30%

    04%

    Moderate

    64%

    32%

    04%

    Female

    62%

    33%

    05%

    18-49 Female

    60%

    37%

    03%

    Democrat

    60%

    35%

    05%

    Liberal

    59%

    36%

    05%

    Post Grad

    57%

    41%

    02%

    Non White

    55%

    41%

    04%

    Why do you favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
    (Asked of death penalty supporters)

     

    May
    2003

    Feb.
    2001

    Feb.
    2000

    Jun.
    1991

           

    Eye for an Eye/Punishment Fits Crime

    37%

    48%

    40%

    40%

    They Deserve It

    13%

    06%

    05%

    05%

    Save Taxpayers Money/Prison Costs

    11%

    20%

    12%

    12%

    Acts as Deterrent/Sets an Example

    11%

    10%

    08%

    08%

    Incapacitation/They Will Repeat Crime

    07%

    06%

    04%

    04%

    Biblical Reasons

    05%

    03%

    03%

    03%

    Depends on Type of Crime Committed

    04%

    06%

    06%

    06%

    To Serve Justice

    04%

    01%

    03%

    02%

    Fair Punishment

    03%

    01%

    06%

    06%

    If No Doubt They Committed Crime

    03%

    02%

    00%

    00%

    Support/Believe in Death Penalty

    02%

    06%

    00%

    00%

    They Cannot be Rehabilitated

    02%

    02%

    01%

    01%

    Relieves Prison Overcrowding

    01%

    02%

    00%

    00%

    Life Sentences Donít Mean Life

    01%

    02%

    00%

    00%

           

    Other

    04%

    03%

    10%

    10%

    No Opinion

    02%

    01%

    03%

    03%

    Generally speaking, do you believe the death penalty is applied fairly or unfairly in this country today?

     

    Fairly

    Unfairly

    No opinion

           

    2007 Oct

    57%

    38%

    05%

    2006 May

    60%

    35%

    04%

    2005 May

    61%

    35%

    04%

    2004 May

    55%

    39%

    06%

    2003 May

    60%

    37%

    03%

    2002 May

    53%

    40%

    07%

    2000 June

    51%

    41%

    08%

    What do you think should be the penalty for murder -- the death penalty, or life imprisonment with absolutely no possibility of parole?

    Death Penalty Life Imprisonment No Opinion
    2006 May 47% 48% 05%
    2005 May 56% 39% 05%
    2004 May 50% 46% 04%
    2003 May 53% 44% 03%
    2002 May 52% 43% 05%
    2001 May 52% 43% 04%
    2001 Feb 52% 42% 04%
    2000 Sept 50% 47% 04%
    2000 Feb 52% 37% 11%
    1999 Feb 56% 38% 06%
    1997 Aug 61% 29% 10%
    1994 June 50% 32% 18%
    1993 Oct 59% 29% 12%
    1992 Apr 50% 37% 13%
    1991 June 53% 35% 11%
    1986 Jan 55% 35% 10%
    1985 Jan 56% 34% 10%

    In your opinion, is the death penalty imposed too often today or not often enough?

      Too
    Often
    Not
    Enough
    About
    Right
    No
    Opinion
    2007 Oct 21% 49% 26% 04%
    2006 May 21% 51% 25% 03%
    2005 May 20% 53% 24% 03%
    2004 May 23% 48% 25% 04%
    2003 May 23% 48% 26% 03%
    2002 May 22% 47% 24% 07%
    2001 May 21% 38% 34% 07%
    1999 Feb 25% 64% 04% 07%

    Harris Poll

    "Do you believe in capital punishment -- that is, the death penalty -- or are you opposed to it?"

    Favor Oppose Don't Know
    Feb 5-11, 2008 63% 30% 07%
    Dec 10-16, 2003 69% 22% 09%
    July 2001 67% 26% 07%
    2000 64% 25% 11%
    1999 71% 21% 08%
    1997 75% 22% 03%
    1983 68% 27% 05%
    1976 67% 25% 08%
    1973 59% 31% 10%
    1970 47% 42% 11%
    1969 48% 38% 14%
    1965 38% 47% 15%

    ABC NEWS / WASHINGTON POST

    Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?

    Favor Oppose Don't Know
    2005 April 65% 26% 09%
    2001 Apr 63% 28% 09%
    2000 June 63% 27% 10%
    2000 Jan 64% 27% 09%
    1998 Aug 69% 27% 04%
    1996 Aug 77% 19% 04%

    FOX NEWS / OPINION DYNAMICS POLL

    Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of premeditated murder?

    Favor Oppose Not Sure
    2005 March 69% 24% 08%
    2003 June 69% 23% 08%
    2001 June 68% 22% 10%
    2001 Apr 66% 23% 11%
    2000 June 68% 24% 08%
    2000 Feb 67% 22% 11%
    1998 Jan 74% 18% 08%
    1997 June 73% 18% 09%
    1997 May 76% 17% 07%



  • Message from Prosecuting Attorney
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  • Current Indiana Death Row
  • Indiana Death Row 1977 - 2008
  • Indiana Executions Since 1900
  • Indiana Death Row Statistics
  • Indiana Death Penalty Laws
  • The Death Penalty in the U.S.
  • Capital Punishment Timeline
  • U.S. Executions Since 1976
  • Methods of Execution
  • Public Opinion Polls
  • Updates Since April 1, 2008
  • 1000+ Death Penalty Links

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