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New poll finds that 61 percent of registered voters favor a punishment for murder other than the death penalty

From the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC):

The Death Penalty Information Center today released the results of one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Americans’ views on the death penalty. A national poll of 1,500 registered voters conducted by Lake Research Partners shows growing support for alternatives to the death penalty compared with previous polls. A clear majority of voters (61%) would choose a punishment other than the death penalty for murder, including life with no possibility of parole and with restitution to the victim’s family (39%), life with no possibility of parole (13%), or life with the possibility of parole (9%).

In states with the death penalty, a plurality of voters said it would make no difference in their vote if a representative supported repeal of the death penalty; and a majority (62%) said either it would make no difference (38%) or they would be more likely to vote for such a representative (24%).

These results are similar to a 2006 poll of Kentucky residents that found 67 percent of people in this state questioned preferred a long prison sentence to execution for those convicted of aggravated murder

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