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NBC News: Oklahoma’s botched execution hasn’t changed public support of death penalty

Lethal injection

The recent badly botched execution of a death row inmate hasn’t chipped away at the public’s support of the death penalty.

Of the 800 people NBC recently surveyed, 59 percent said they favored the death penalty.

In fact, two-thirds of those people said if the injection method were to go away, they’d support executions by gas chamber, electric chair, firing squad, even hanging.

The results showed 35 percent of people surveyed said they were against it.

The recent execution of Clayton Lockett ignited fresh debate over capital punishment and over the current method of lethal injection.

Lockett’s April execution went horribly wrong and he later died of a heart attack.

MORE: See the full story from NBC News here

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