The poll’s results published Monday revealed that only 27 percent of Boston residents think Tsarnaev should receive the death sentence while 62 percent said he should be jailed for life.
According to Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group, the figures correspond to the liberal and Democratic political position opposing capital punishment that most Boston residents share.
The trial of 21-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev started on March 4. US federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev, who faces 30 charges, half of which carry the death penalty.
The trial will be held in two stages, first deciding on culpability and then if the crime warrants a capital punishment sentence.
Another bombing suspect, Dzhokhar's older brother Tamerlan was killed in a gunfight with police on April 19, 2013, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings.