Poll: Most Americans Support Death Penalty For Tsarnaev


WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  Most Americans support the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted, a Washington Post-ABC News poll indicated.

Seventy percent of those surveyed said they supported the death penalty for the 19-year-old, the poll, released Wednesday, said.

Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. He is accused, along with his older brother, Tamerlan, of setting off two bombs at the Boston Marathon April 15, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

The support for capital punishment crosses party lines with most people of both the Democratic and Republican parties agreeing at least somewhat.

The bigger divide is racial, with 75 percent of white people said they supported the death penalty, compared to 62 percent of Hispanic people and 52 percent of African-American respondents, the poll said.

The racial division is reflected in the overall support in the death penalty itself, The Washington Post said. A recent Washington Post Maryland poll indicated 63 percent of white respondents and 37 percent of African-Americans asked said they support the death penalty for people convicted of murder.

A random sample of 1,000 adult Americans was surveyed for The Washington Post-ABC News poll from April 24-28. There is a 3.5 percentage point margin of error for the results.

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  • JON

    How many Pro-life people out there also support the death penalty?!? You can’t have it both ways!

    • Harold Olsen

      Hey, brain dead. Killing scumbags like Tsarnaev and killing innocent babies is apples an oranges. Show some intelligence. Oh, sorry, I forgot. Intelligence and common sense are forbidden by the left.

    • Jonathan B.

      How many Pro-choice people out there also oppose the death penalty?!?

  • Harold Olsen

    For the most part, I oppose the death penalty. My main reason is that it is still possible to execute an innocent person. However, when there is no doubt as the to guilt or innocence of a suspect, then I have no problem with the death penalty. In cases like with scumbags like Timothy McVeigh and this guy Tsarnaev, there is no doubt. I believe the death penalty is justified.