Most Ghanaians Oppose the Death Penalty

A widespread assumption among some advocacy groups is that the majority of Ghanaians are in favour of the death penalty. The first ever public opinion survey on the death penalty casts doubts on this assumption. The survey, which was conducted by the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ, Ghana), involved household interviews with 2,460 residents of Accra. The study found that 48.3% of those interviewed were opposed to the death penalty in general; only 8.6% indicated they were strongly in favour of it. Further, the study found no evidence to support concerns about backlash effects of abolition for murder. Download Final Report: