I noted previously that a Rasmussen poll taken shortly after the Troy Davis execution showed no statistically significant drop in support for the death penalty, finding that 60% approved. Today, Gallup came out with its survey, showing a nearly identical 61% approval. That is, however, a small drop from last year's poll, which showed 64% approval. It is also the smallest number since the Furman case, which for practical purposes temporarily abolished the death penalty in 1972. (Unlike DPIC, C&C declines to spin either news or numbers. A drop is a drop).
That said, Gallup finds that two-thirds of the public believes the death penalty is imposed either the right amount or not often enough, with the latter view considerably outweighing the former. The specific numbers are: Not enough -- 40%; about right -- 27%; and too often -- 25%. And at 61%, the death penalty continues to have the highest approval of any contentious issue in public life.