Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19044
By 2:1, CA Voters Back Death Penalty: 61% of registered voters from the state of California say they would vote to keep the death penalty, should a death penalty initiative appear on the November 2012 ballot, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KGTV-TV San Diego, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KFSN-TV Fresno, and KABC-TV Los Angeles. 29% say they would vote to eliminate the death penalty. Keeping the death penalty law in California is supported by a majority among all groups except liberals, who are divided.
Cell phone and home phone respondents included in this research: 600 California adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA 03/01/12. Of the adults, 511 identified themselves as being registered to vote and were asked the question below. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (73% of registered voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (27% of registered voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smart phone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device.
1If there were an initiative on the November ballot to eliminate the death penalty, would you vote to eliminate the death penalty? Vote to keep the death penalty? Or not vote?
511 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Vote To Eliminate29%31%27%31%24%34%29%28%32%29%40%28%29%24%31%22%36%26%23%30%15%29%44%14%26%37%30%30%30%27%27%33%34%
Vote To Keep61%59%63%57%65%61%62%61%62%65%53%60%55%59%62%70%56%61%74%59%73%61%48%74%64%54%60%58%64%64%64%58%56%
Not Vote9%9%9%12%11%5%6%12%5%6%8%12%13%17%6%9%8%13%3%10%12%8%8%12%9%8%10%11%6%7%9%9%10%
Not Sure1%1%0%1%0%0%4%0%1%0%0%1%3%0%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%2%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%2%0%1%0%
Composition of Registered Voters100%50%50%32%29%24%16%60%40%47%6%31%15%27%73%30%49%21%10%85%24%43%29%14%40%46%27%34%40%21%40%18%21%