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Support for Capital Punishment Drops to 51%, Poll Finds

March 23, 2010 |  8:07 am



March 23, 1960, Gallup Poll
March 23, 1960: The Caryl Chessman case has underscored the worldwide debate over capital punishment, the Gallup Poll says. Americans support state executions 51% to 36%, with 13% undecided, the poll found, a decline from 68% support in 1953. 

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