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Poll: Americans Support Death Penalty For Terrorists

The results of the Quinnipiac University poll come as proponents of reinstating the death penalty in Maryland say the law is needed because of incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing.

Americans support the death penalty for terrorists, according to a national poll released by Quinnipiac University.

The national survey found that 63 percent favored the death penalty for someone convicted of murder involving an act of terrorism compared to 32 percent who said they opposed capital punishment.

The results of the poll come as political leaders including Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, a Democrat, and Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott announced a plan to collect more than 55,000 signatures in order to reinstate the death penalty in Maryland.

"One only has to look back to Oklahoma City, Aurora, CO, Newtown, CT, and the recent massacre in Boston to recognize that if these crimes were committed today, here in Maryland, we would not have the appropriate penalty available for the prosecutors to decide what the punishment should be," Shellenberger said during a news conference last week at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

When asked specifically about the death penalty for perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing, support slips slightly with 59 percent of those surveyed saying they favor capital punishing compared to 36 percent who oppose it.

Urdude May 08, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Anyway, back to the death penalty--I support it, but I want public televised executions. I want stern harsh glorious examples made of terrorists and people like the creeps in Cleveland that kidnapped those three girls for a decade. Executions held in private serve no useful purpose.
Tim May 09, 2013 at 02:19 AM
When you make poorly thought out blanket statements like "Said No American Ever" as a rather rude response to a fellow American; don't act so surprised when you get blasted for it.
Cheryl May 09, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Agree.
Cheryl May 09, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I proved to Eric that he minded what other countries thought by posting on another thread.."I wonder how the Brits handle this kind of situation?" But of course you are minding my business here in America right now. I think making the statement if America would mind its own business as a reason for innocent people being killed is absurd.
George Young May 09, 2013 at 05:03 AM
H.R. you are a dreamer.

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