Support for a new regulation is highest in Alberta, and lowest in British Columbia.
Many people in Canada continue to voice support for the return of capital punishment, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative sample of 1,514 Canadian adults, three-in-five respondents (63%) support reinstating the death penalty for murder, which was eliminated in July 1976. Three-in-ten Canadians (30%) are opposed to this course of action.
The national results are very similar to what was reported in an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll conducted in February 2012. This time around, respondents in Alberta (73%) and Manitoba and Saskatchewan (75%) are more likely to endorse capital punishment, while opposition is highest in British Columbia (37%) and Quebec (36%).
Three-in-four Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2011 election (78%) support the death penalty, while the level of opposition is highest among Liberal Party voters in the last federal ballot (42%).
Most Canadians who support capital punishment do so because they believe that it would serve as a deterrent for potential murderers (58%), save taxpayers money and the costs associated with having murderers in prison (57%), and because they think the penalty fits the crime (53%). Two-in-five Canadian death penalty supporters (39%) think it would provide closure to the families of murder victims, and one-in-five (20%) suggest that murderers cannot be rehabilitated.
A large majority of Canadians who oppose the death penalty (77%) express concern with the possibility of a person being wrongly convicted and then executed, while at least half believe it is wrong to take murderer