MAJORITY SUPPORT closed-circuit broadcast of McVeigh execution

Tuesday, May 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- A majority of Americans say they support the decision to let survivors and victims' relatives watch the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

However, an Associated Press poll finds only about 20% say they would watch if they could.

The survey indicates more people support McVeigh's execution than support the death penalty in general. About 80% of those responding to the poll support executing McVeigh, while about two-thirds support capital punishment for murder.

Pennsylvania painter Timothy Fairchild says he generally opposes the death penalty, but not in McVeigh's case. Fairchild also says he'd watch the execution if it were available because McVeigh put a bomb under a day care center.

The poll of 1,004 adults by ICR of Media, Pennsylvania, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.