Support for the Death Penalty 1977-2009

Q Do you think the death penalty...? ...is ever justified or not? ...should be re-introduced in Britain for certain crimes, or not? Q Do you favour or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?

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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