This Chart: Falling US Support For Death Penalty

American support for the death penalty has fallen considerably since the mid-1990s, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

The partisan gap has widened as support has fallen more sharply among Democrats and independents than Republicans.

Overall, the poll found 56 percent of Americans now say they support the death penalty, down substantially from 78 percent in a 1996 survey.

(Chart credit: Pew Research Center)