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Elon Poll Finds Mixed Support For Death Penalty

Posted November 18, 2005 4:58 a.m. EST

— The death penalty is one of those issues with strong support for and against it.

A new poll out Friday from Elon University shows that the public in North Carolina supports the capital punishment -- in certain circumstances.

According to the Elon Poll support for the death penalty has strings attached.

When asked what is the most appropriate punishment for first degree murder, 61 percent say the death penalty while 27 percent think life in prison is a better punishment.

When it comes to the age of a criminal that support dwindles.

Only 34 percent of those polled support the death penalty for people under 18 at the time of the killing.

About 55 percent oppose the death penalty in that case.

The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 4.5 percent.