U.S. Supports Death by Gas if No Injection: Poll

Despite a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma that left a death-row inmate writhing in pain for several minutes, America still backs the death penalty, an NBC News poll shows. Only one in three people say that if lethal injections are no longer viable — due to drug shortages or other problems — executions should be stopped altogether, according to the survey by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies for NBC News. Others would back more primitive methods of putting prisoners to death: 20% for the gas chamber, 18% for the electric chair, 12% for firing squad and 8% for hanging. Click to read more results of the survey.

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