From today’s release of the findings from the American Bar Association’s two-year assessment of Kentucky’s death penalty:
A recent poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians support a suspension of executions to allow time for problems within the system to be remedied. The November 30-December 4 survey of 405 most likely voters statewide found 62 percent support a temporary halt to executions. The support was consistent across the state: a majority of men, women, urban, suburban, and rural, Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters all favored a temporary halt to executions. The poll, with an error rate of plus or minus 4.9 percent, was conducted for the Kentucky Assessment Team by Lake Research Partners of Washington, D.C.
These findings are similar to a 2006 poll the University of Kentucky conducted: “When asked to select the most appropriate sentencing option from choices currently available to Kentucky jurors serving in capital murder trials, 67 percent selected sentences other than the death penalty.”