Gallup: Americans who favor the death penalty most often cite “an eye for an eye” as the reason they hold their position, with 35% mentioning it.
“A solid majority of Americans (63%) still favor using the death penalty in murder convictions, generally consistent with the level of support found over the last decade.”
“Americans’ top reasons for supporting the death penalty … demonstrate that Americans are less concerned with using the tool as a deterrent for future crimes and more so with using it as a means of punishment.”
“Throughout the 23 years Gallup has asked Americans why they hold their views on the death penalty, the responses have been generally consistent, with a few changes at the margins. For those studying the death penalty, these beliefs suggest many Americans have not only made up their minds about it, but they also have coalesced around defined reasons for holding those beliefs.”