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Poll Suggests Californians Are Becoming More Skeptical Of Death Penalty

Opposition to the death penalty is growing in California according to a new poll. Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

The survey was conducted earlier this month, after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his decision to put a moratorium on the death penalty.

Pollsters with the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California asked people whether the penalty for first-degree murder should be death or life imprisonment with absolutely no possibility of parole.

The results - 62 percent chose life imprisonment and 31 percent favored the death penalty. That's a lot different from 19 years ago when Californians were evenly split on capital punishment.

But critics say that question - of whether the penalty for first-degree murder should be death or life imprisonment - is misleading...and that people weren't asked what they think the ultimate punishment should be for murderers.

In Sacramento, I’m Steve Milne

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