Majority of Californians Favor Death Penalty

A new poll finds that 70 percent of Californians favor the death penalty. The Field Poll released today shows support for executions has increased after a slight dip over the last decade. Support is still lower than in the mid-1980s, when the death penalty was favored by as much as 83 percent of voters.

Capital punishment was reinstated in 1977, five years after the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. The first execution afterward was in 1992, but there have been no executions since 2006 because of challenges to lethal injection procedures. More than 700 inmates remain on death row.

The telephone survey of 1,390 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

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