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U.S. death penalty support plummets

AFP-JIJI

Support for the death penalty is at a four-decade low in the United States, though most Americans — 3 in 5 — still favor it, a new Gallup poll out Tuesday found.

Sixty percent of Americans say they back capital punishment for convicted killers; that is the lowest figure since November 1972, when the death penalty had 57% of Americans’ support, the survey found. By 1994, 8 in 10 Americans supported execution, a high from which it since has edged lower.