SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new survey shows more than two-thirds of California voters favor keeping the death penalty, a finding that hasn’t changed significantly in a decade.

The Field Poll results released Thursday suggest a challenge for opponents of capital punishment, who are trying to gather signatures for a November 2012 ballot initiative. They want to abolish it and convert death sentences to life in prison.

The poll found 68 percent of those surveyed support keeping the death penalty, with 27 percent opposed.

When asked their preferred sentence for someone convicted of first-degree murder, 48 percent said life without parole while 40 percent said the death penalty.

The poll surveyed 1,001 registered voters by telephone from Sept. 1-12. It has an overall margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. pete says:

    yet the majority gets over ruled by the lib judges, ca prison system is killing the state in cost

  2. Uncle SAM says:

    we could start today and it would takes us
    years to kill all of them on death row ….. lets get started
    think of all the money we could be saving if we just get rid
    of these bad seeds

  3. concerned reader says:

    The citizens voted in favor of the death penalty years ago! We should be using it! Get rid of the liberal judges and politicians who ignore the people!

  4. pervinpatty says:

    it wouldn’t matter if it was 100% approved of it. It won’t happen with the poop we have in office

  5. Steve C. says:

    If government honestly represented the public interest, death penalty sentences would be carried out. Why bother putting ANY issue up for vote if the results are not enforced. This is just another example of why elected officials are not to be trusted.

    1. MAC49 says:

      6 Comments and 6 intelligent responses, Where are the liberals, My apology their still in bed. Carrying out the death penalty would not take years, one needle, and roll them in amd roll them out. Pretty simple! Less tax payers hard earned money. Then they could use their money on feeding and supporting their family, not the criminals.

  6. Rusty says:

    I’d go for the instant execution route.

  7. Tom says:

    8 great comments this trash didn’t give there people an easy way out a BULLET would work just fine BANG !

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