Mini Poll: Life or Death, Revisited


Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for people convicted of murder?


Favor:
 43%
Oppose:
 57%

 


Do you favor or oppose a mandatory death penalty for people convicted of abducting and murdering a child?


Favor:
 48%
Oppose:
 52%

 


Do you feel that the death penalty acts as a major deterrent to committing murder, that it lowers the murder rate, or not?


Lowers the rate:
 24%
Does not lower the rate:
 76%

 


If you could choose the penalty, which do you think should be the penalty for people convicted of murder: the death penalty, life in prison with no chance of parole, or a long prison sentence with a chance of parole?


Death penalty:
 34%
Life in prison:
 44%
Long sentence:
 22%

 


Do you believe that a person convicted of murder could ever be rehabilitated to become a useful member of society?


Yes:
 76%
No:
 24%

 


Generally speaking, do you believe the death penalty is applied fairly or unfairly in this country?


Fairly:
 29%
Unfairly:
 71%

 


Recently there has been some discussion about whether the death penalty is fairly applied in Missouri. Which of the following statements comes closer to your view? Statement A: There should be a moratorium on state executions until death penalty procedures are officially reviewed. OR, Statement B: No moratorium on state executions is needed -- states only need to ensure that the accused receive fair trials.


Moratorium needed:
 61%
No moratorium needed:
 39%

 


Generally speaking, would you like to see an increase or decrease in the number of convicted criminals who are executed, or no change?


Increase:
 28%
Decrease:
 57%
No change:
 15%

 


Do you think that innocent people are sometimes convicted of murder, or that this never happens?


Sometimes:
 96%
Never:
 4%

 


Whom do you trust most to deal with issue of the death penalty: the Missouri state legislature, the Missouri state courts, or the Missouri governor?


Legislature:
 16%
Courts:
 75%
Governor:
 9%

 


When state governors make decisions about whether to delay an execution or recommend clemency in death row cases, do you think they generally make these decisions mainly based on the facts of the case or mainly because of political considerations?


Mainly facts:
 35%
Mainly politics:
 65%

 


Which comes closer to your view? Statement A: States should be allowed to execute prisoners sentenced to the death penalty by means of lethal injection. OR, Statement B: Lethal injection of death row prisoners represents cruel and unusual punishment that should not be permitted.


Permit lethal injection:
 60%
Do not permit lethal injection:
 40%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.