Poll: 63% would support death penalty for terrorists

Almost two thirds of respondents believe we need more stringent terrorism laws and would support the death penalty for terrorists, according to a survey by the Mail on Sunday.

The online poll of 1,121 people was carried out by Survation after Wednesday's attack on Drummer Lee Rigby.

  • 63% of respondents would support the death penalty for convicted terrorists
  • 64% believe we need tougher laws to curb incitement to terrorism
  • 61% feel that activities by groups such as the English Defence League make terrorist attacks more likely
  • 40% feel the government should revive plans for the "snoopers' charter" - the ditched Communications Data Bill to secretly monitor communications such as emails.

The survey showed good news for the Prime Minister, with respondents giving strong backing to his response to the incident in Woolwich.