Strong majority oppose abolishing death penalty - 201 participants

Apr 22, 2014

Few punishments in our legal system engender such diametrically opposed viewpoints as does the death penalty, as those for it argue the sentence should fit the crime, while opponents cite strong moral objections. On April 22, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH abolish the death penalty?”

“Should NH abolish the death penalty?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Death Penalty NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 201 participants gave 427 responses

A total of 91% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 9% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 201 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 427 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 77% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to abolishing the death penalty. 

  • Opponents of the death penalty offered several reasons for their position:  the morality of capital punishment, that since the 1970s, 117 condemned prisoners have been exonerated as innocent, as well as its ongoing ineffectiveness as a deterrent to murder.   

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 23%, were in favor of abolishing the death penalty.   

  • “If you kill someone, then you should be put to death for the crime of murder.”

Other: As noted above, 28% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • For several respondents unable to express a clear opinion, the death penalty and the vote itself is simply irrelevant: “NH’s last execution was 1939.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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HB 1170 (2014)
Bill Status: Tabled in the Senate
Hearing date: Apr 03, 2014

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