For those not alive in 1988, including your dear writer, DC Comics held a vote-by-phone poll to see if readers wanted to kill off the then-Robin Jason Todd. The inside back cover of Batman #427 had two 1-900 numbers for readers to call in and vote if they wanted Todd to die at the hands of The Joker. Within the 36-hour period allotted for voting, the poll received 10,614 votes. The verdict in favor of the character's death won by a slim 72-vote margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271.
Batman editor Denny O'Neil is quoted on the trade paperback of A Death In The Family, which collects Batman #426-429, as saying:
"It would be a really sleazy stunt to bring him back."
Todd returned to life in 2005's Infinite Crisis and has been shooting bad guys as the Red Hood ever since.
Now DC must be feeling regret after killing Todd and resurrecting him since they've started a poll titled If You Could Rewrite the History of 1988's Batman: Death in the Family Poll, Would Jason Todd Live or Die?.