Strong majority support NH death penalty - 427 participants

Apr 12, 2015

While allowable under NH law, the last execution in the state was carried out in 1939. Michael Addison, convicted in 2008 of murdering a Manchester police officer, is the only inmate currently on NH's death row. On April 12, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support NH’s death penalty?”

“Do you support NH’s death penalty?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Death Penalty NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 427 participants gave 934 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 427 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 934 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 81% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of the death penalty. 

  • “Tighten the conditions of the sentence so that the automatic appeals aren't needed and get it done quickly. No sense in warehousing people who will never be back on the street again anyway.”
  • “There's way too much violent crime in NH the last few years and the law should be used to clear the worst members of society off the face of the earth.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 19%, were opposed to the death penalty.   

  • “I don't want the state to have this kind of power. The more I justify ‘an eye for an eye’ logic, the less righteous I feel about taking a man's life regardless.”
  • “A life in prison is far worse than death.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • The costs associated with housing prisoners for life as opposed to enacting the death penalty.
  • The role of government in sentencing: “I feel that if you are found guilty and there is no shadow of doubt then you should be handed over to the victim’s family for them to decide your fate.” 

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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