Eighty-one percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats currently favor the death penalty. Support for the death penalty has declined among Democrats the most in the last 25 years, according to Gallup.
Fifty-two percent said they felt the death penalty is applied fairly, while 40 percent said they thought it was applied unfairly.
Many states are running low on their supplies of drugs used for lethal injections, delaying some executions.
The Gallup poll, conducted via phone Oct. 3-6, surveyed 1,028 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.