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September 13, 2012

Latest California poll data showing DP repeal losing so far, while three-strike reform is winning big

Crime & Consequences has lots of good coverage here and here of the latest poll numbers from California concerning the initiative going before the voters to repeal the death penalty in the state.  Short story is that the polling numbers suggests those favoring abolition have a up hill battle over the next two months to convince voters to vote for repeal.

Not reported by C&C, but via the data linked in this report, are the remarkable poll numbers showing overwhelming support for reforming California's severe Three-Strikes mandatory sentencing law (this is Proposition 36). According to the data, there is more than 80% support for three-strikes reform, and of those who indicate a strong or somewhat solid opinion, more than 50% support reform and less than 10% are against reform. 

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Some interesting data.

Only 29.9% are strongly in favor of the DP, while 21.8% strongly oppose. It is not as black and white as it once was.

The Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute is also interesting. After piling on so many conditions RSOs are now burdened with conditions more severe than average parole/probation conditions.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 13, 2012 5:40:50 PM

Anon --

Wow! So the abolitionists are only eight points behind! Remind me to tell that to President McCain.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 13, 2012 5:59:17 PM

Everything is black and white in Otis' world.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 13, 2012 6:02:14 PM

Anon --

"Everything is black and white in Otis' world."

Does that mean Obama has a secret power-sharing agreement with McCain!!!??? Do tell.

But if a point be made of it, is your opinion of the death penalty "black and white?" That is, do you believe that the DP should be banned in all instances, no matter what? Gosh, Anon, wouldn't that be awfully black-and-white?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 13, 2012 6:21:58 PM

Would it be presumptions to reason that support for the death penalty would be higher in California were it functioning?

Californians and others, why is it not?

Posted by: Adamakis | Sep 14, 2012 9:09:28 AM

Anon --

Why won't you say whether you have a black-and-white opinion about the death penalty? I mean, c'mon, weren't you just praising the virtues of nuance?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 14, 2012 9:32:06 PM

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