Last month's sniper killings do not appear to have changed long-term public opinion about the death penalty.
A Gallup Organization poll conducted during the height of the sniper attacks found 70 percent of Americans surveyed support the death penalty.
That's statistically similar to the number who favored execution in polls conducted in May 2001 before the September eleventh terrorist attacks and last May. Support ranged from 67 to 72 percent.
A spokesman for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty tells the Washington Post the comparison shows Americans are able to distinguish between individual tragedies and overall public policy.
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