Poll finds support for retaining death penalty

California voters oppose an effort to abolish the death penalty and strongly support a competing measure that would streamline procedures in capital cases, according to a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

Respondents opposed the abolition measure 55.1 percent to 44.9 percent, while three out of four supported the streamlining proposition, the survey found. Since the two measures on California's Nov. 8 ballot conflict, if both should pass, the measure receiving more votes would take effect.

The poll used online English-language questionnaires to survey respondents from June 29 to July 18. All respondents were registered California voters, and the responses were weighted to reflect the statewide distribution of the California population by gender, race/ethnicity, education and age. The sample size for the questions on the two death penalty initiatives was 1,506 respondents for one question and 1,512 for the other.

A stark partisan difference emerged on Proposition 62, which would abolish capital punishment and replace it with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Democrats supported the measure, 55.1 percent to 44.9 percent. Republicans overwhelmingly opposed it, 70.2 percent to 29.8 percent. Independents were also opposed, by 60.6 percent to 39.4 percent.

By contrast, there was support across partisan lines for Proposition 66, which would streamline procedures in capital cases to speed up the resolution of those cases. Even among Democrats there was strong support (69.7 percent) for the measure, and support was even higher among independents (81.1 percent) and Republicans (85 percent).

A majority (60 percent) of African Americans favored abolishing the death penalty, but among all other ethnic groups, most respondents opposed that proposal. Support for the death penalty was stronger among older people.

Interestingly, religious differences were reflected in views about abolishing the death penalty, but mostly that difference was related to whether the respondent was or was not religious, rather than to differences among various religious denominations. Among all religious groups there was majority opposition to eliminating the ; only among the self-identified atheists and agnostics did most voters support abolition of .

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More information: Full poll results may be viewed on the IGS website at igs.berkeley.edu.
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Aug 19, 2016
Soon the question will be mute. Just completely wipe their memories and genetically get their brain chemistry balanced and correct any brain abnormalities then start them over.
PS until that times come I am completely IN FAVOR of the death penalty.

Wow, could there be a better proof that religions are evil and sadistic constructions? Punishment, revenge, violence instead of love. Reacting to a crime with another capital crime – murder and unnecessary premature termination of a life. In that way robbing this fellow human of the chance of spending the remaining years with reflection, learning and improving his/her character.

Aug 21, 2016
The death penalty is not a capital crime where the laws perscribe it. In that case it's not a crime at all but rather a service to society.
And it's certainly not murder, if the law dictates it as a legal punishment.

Aug 21, 2016
"Soon the question will be mute."

If I may, . . the word is "moot".

Aug 22, 2016
Punishment, revenge, violence instead of love
can you demonstrate where this has effectively rehabilitated the majority of criminal behaviours and completely retrains people to be effective and within societal norms?

it is a resounding no

in fact, if you look at the statistics, career criminals typically cannot be rehabilitated because they've never been "habilitated" to begin with
(to coin the phrase from John Douglas, the profiler who studied this topic for decades)

for evidence, either read John Douglas and his references or see the national stat's on recidivism rates


to date, i know of no highly successful rehabilitation program that offers a serious dent to recidivism rates for career criminals

Aug 22, 2016
I can find no examples of people that were executed that showed any recidivism.

Aug 23, 2016
"California voters oppose an effort to abolish the death penalty and strongly support a competing measure that would streamline procedures in capital cases"

-Americans are conservative by nature and traditional liberal issues are actually supported by a very small minority.

Crooked politicians like hillary are favored because liberals know that their causes can only be enacted by lying cheating leaders.

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