Poll finds strong California support for death penalty

Thursday, July 22, 2010

SACRAMENTO — A new poll finds that 70 percent of Californians favor the death penalty.

The Field Poll released today shows support for executions has increased after a slight dip over the last decade.

Support is still lower than in the mid-1980s, when the death penalty was favored by as much as 83 percent of voters.

Executions resumed in California in 1977 after they were halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. There have been no executions in California since 2006 because of legal challenges to the lethal-injection procedures.

More than 700 inmates remain on death row.

The telephone survey of 1,390 registered voters was conducted June 22 to July 5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.