Mini Poll: Lining Up In St. Louis


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


Favor:
 50%
Oppose:
 50%

 


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


Favor:
 52%
Oppose:
 48%

 


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


Lowers the rate:
 22%
Does not lower the rate:
 78%

 


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:
 42%
Life in prison:
 39%
Sentence, chance of parole:
 19%

 


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


Yes:
 61%
No:
 39%

 


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


Fairly:
 39%
Unfairly:
 61%

 


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


Sometimes:
 96%
Never:
 4%

 


Let’s consider an actual case. Christopher Coleman was convicted of strangling his wife and two preteen sons in their home in Columbia, IL, in 2009. Barring a successful appeal, he will spend the rest of his life in jail. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for Christopher Coleman?


Favor:
 54%
Oppose:
 46%

 


The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri has raised the concern that the state’s dwindling and aging supply of some drugs used in lethal injections might prevent executioners from having a reasonable guarantee that the inmate would not suffer through the process. Do you share this concern?


Yes, if accurate:
 41%
No, I don’t think it is accurate:
 26%
No, even if it is accurate:
 32%

 


Sixteen states, including Illinois, have abolished the death penalty. Should Misouri?


Yes:
 48%
No:
 52%

 


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


Legislature:
 22%
Courts:
 78%

 


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