Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind poll found that 57 percent of all New Jerseyans favor the death penalty for certain crimes and only 36 percent opposed.
This is despite the fact that New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007.
To no one’s surprise, Republicans support the death penalty more than Democrats (76 percent vs. 45 percent, with independents at 52 percent); males more than females (64 percent vs. 51 percent); and whites more than blacks (65 percent vs. 35 percent). The largest cohort to support the death penalty is between 35 and 59 years old.
College graduates are more likely to support the death penalty (60 percent) than people who didn’t graduate from college. And southern New Jersey supports it by 62 percent, while central New Jersey supports it by 60 percent, and northern New Jersey by 52 percent.