According to a Washington Post-ABC poll released last week, 70 percent of Americans want Dzokhar Tsarnaev put to death if he is convicted of the Boston Marathon bombing. Support for execution was higher among some respondents (conservatives, the elderly, whites) and lower among others (liberals, young adults, blacks).
But no matter how the results were sorted, within every demographic subgroup there was majority support for the death penalty in this case.
That is no anomaly. It is a reminder that despite the well-funded efforts of death-penalty abolitionists, the true level of approval for the death penalty in America remains very high.
If you take your cues from the headlines, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
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