What Do Americans Think Of Tsarnaev's Sentence?

by Lindsay Mannering

By now, most people are so familiar with the case that they know how to correctly spell Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 21-year-old was convicted last month of setting off explosives at the Boston Marathon during the 2013 race, killing three, and on Friday, the jury revealed their sentence. After more than 14 hours of deliberation, the seven women and five men of the jury decided that the Boston Bomber will face the death penalty. He will be executed, instead of spending his life in prison without parole. The verdict came just a few days after prosecutors gave their closing arguments. The Boston Globe reports that they painted Tsarnaev as "a remorseless terrorist."

Needless to say, the public has an opinion on Tsarnaev's sentence. To live or to die, that was the question, and the answer has left many incredulous. According to a Gallup Poll from 2013, 60 percent of Americans are in favor of the death penalty. In the mid 1990s, that number was as high as 80 percent, and currently, support for the death penalty is the lowest it's been in 40 years. Many voiced their thoughts about the sentence on Twitter, of course, and it's a simple way to take in a broad, general view of how people feel about Tsarnaev's sentence to death.

Some People Are Extremely Supportive Of His Sentence

Some Don't Agree

As for the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing ...