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30 per cent, however, disagreed. Another 30 per cent did not offer an opinion.Across social categories, a majority were in favour of abolition.

Forty-eight per cent of upper-class respondents, 48 per cent of college-educated respondents, 45 per cent Muslims, 45 per cent urban voters, and 43 per cent youth are in favour of abolishing capital punishment.But in the same categories, there is resistance too, with 39 per cent of the upper-class voters, 41 per cent of the college-educated, 31 per cent Muslims, 34 per cent urban voters, and 33 per cent youth opposing its abolition.

The increasing support for removing the death penalty is in line with the trend in established democracies, which have done away with the punishment.