"There is a growing recognition that the death penalty simply can't work. Its a complex system that arbitrarily selects defendants for death and creates more stress and appeals, even as it is plagued by serious error. Each new exoneration reminds us of the unacceptable possibility of wrongful execution. Its no wonder that this poll shows people moving away from it."
Senator Robert Martin (R-Morris)
commenting on an April 2005 Rutgers Bloustein Center for Survey Research poll on the death penalty
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- Rutgers Bloustein Center for Survey Research
Nearly half of all New Jersey residents prefer life in prison without the possibility of parole as the penalty for murder, with only one third choosing capital punishment, according to an April 2005 public opinion survey by the Bloustein Center for Survey Research at Rutgers University. Support for the death penalty declines even further - to less 30% - when respondents are given the choice between the death penalty and life without parole, plus payment of restitution to the families of murder victims. Significantly, the survey also reveals that almost all New Jerseyans believe that innocent people are sometimes convicted of muder, and that, when they consider the high cost of prosecuting death penalty cases, 66% of respondents prefer that the money instead be spent on crime prevention or services for victims' families.
- Rutgers Eagleton Poll
Support for the death penalty is declining. A May
2002 Rutgers Eagleton Poll revealed dramatic reversals of
public opinion among New Jerseyans. When asked to choose between
execution and life in prison without possibility of parole for people
convicted of murder, 48% favor life while 36% support death. Even
among the 36% who support the death penalty, 43% reversed their
position when offered an alternative of life, plus restitution.
Sixty-six percent of N.J. residents said they support a one-year
death penalty moratorium here.
- Quinnipiac poll
"Our poll shows the apparent consensus in favor of capital
punishment is just a mirage. We found worries about false convictions
and unfair application of the death penalty to minorities and the
poor. And when we asked the public to consider an alternative
punishment for murder, it is evenly divided between the death penalty
and life without parole,"
Quinnipiac University Professor Scott McLean, summarizing a recent poll
- Statistics from around the country
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