For the first time, a majority of Americans are against the death penalty.
The Pew Research Center reports this week that 49% of Americans say they support capital punishment, a 7-point decline in about 18 months. Support in the Pew poll peaked at 80 percent in 1994.
Residents of East Baton Rouge don't share the nation's sentiment. A slim majority here say are for the state retain capital punishment, according to the CityStats poll conducted for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation earlier this year. It was the first time we asked the question in the poll.
Nine states have suspended capital punishment in the past five years, and 30 still allow it, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.