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March 10, 2011

"Connecticut Wants Liquor, Pot and Death Penalty"

The title of this post is the headline of this Wall Street Journal piece reporting on a new public opion poll from Connecticut.  Here are some of the notable specifics:

Booze on Sundays, decriminalization of pot and the death penalty are among a number of things Connecticut voters are hoping new Gov. Dannel Malloy will push for this term, according to a survey.

More than two-thirds of Connecticut voters support the death penalty, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.  At 68%, support for the death penalty has inched up in every Quinnipiac survey since the state was rocked with a triple murder in 2007 that took the lives of the wife and two daughters of a wealthy physician in the sleepy suburb of Cheshire, Conn. Only 59% of state voters supported the death penalty in a 2005 Quinnipiac poll.

The increase of support comes days after a legislative committee hearing on repealing the state’s death penalty, a bill that passed in 2009 only to be vetoed by then-Gov. Jodi Rell, a Republican.

The new poll also found strong support for relaxed rules on marijuana use and liquor sales.... 79% of voters want the state to allow adults to use marijuana if a doctor prescribes it for medical reasons, and 65% want to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the substance.

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For those who want to cut out the Wall Street middle man, Quinnipiac University poll.

Posted by: Anon | Mar 11, 2011 1:34:43 AM

The Quinnipiac Poll is especially good because they ask the question three ways, showing the wide swings depending on how the question is phrased. If you ask people a question that implies that one punishment must be chosen for all murderers, they split down the middle. But that question is utterly irrelevant.

The question that best measures public opinion on the real question is the third one, and I haven't seen this in any poll but Quinnipiac:

"Which statement comes closest to your point of view? (A) All persons convicted of murder should get the death penalty. (B) No one convicted of murder should get the death penalty. (C) Whether or not someone convicted of murder gets the death penalty should depend on the circumstances of the case." Answer: 10-16-73.

Given that A is precluded by Woodson v. North Carolina, and presumably the As would choose C as their fallback position, the real answer to the real question is A+C v. B, which is 83-16.

More on this at C&C.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Mar 11, 2011 1:13:03 PM

Looks like Connecticut has their priorities dismantled. I recently heard that they currently have one of the highest unemployment rates. Now I know why.

Posted by: Mason Adams | Jul 9, 2011 12:12:57 PM

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