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Most Americans support the death penalty sentence for murderers, according to a survey reported Thursday by the NBC channel.

Some 800 Americans were surveyed, 59 percent of the respondents favored the death penalty for murder necessary, while only 35 percent of the respondents opposed it.

“One in three people say that if lethal injections are no longer viable ‘because of drug shortages or other problems ‘ executions should be stopped altogether,” according to the survey by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies.

“But many others are open to more primitive methods of putting prisoners to death: 20 percent for the gas chamber, 18 percent for the electric chair, 12 percent for firing squad and 8 percent for hanging,” the survey results showed.

Most of the opponents of capital punishment explained their stance by religious sanctions.

Afro-American population, Hispanics and young people are way more often against the death penalty, than any other.

Those who shared the views of the Republican Party are among the majority of supporters of the supreme measure.

It is also noteworthy that 37 percent of supporters of the death penalty believe that life imprisonment without parole is a more severe punishment than death.

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