March 4, 2006


Death penalty retains support (Kiley Russell, 3/03/06, CONTRA COSTA TIMES)

A new Field Poll showing that a majority of Californians support the death penalty is reassuring people on both sides of the debate.

Following the executions of Stanley "Tookie" Williams and Clarence Ray Allen in late 2005 and the recent legal wrangling concerning the delayed lethal injection of Michael Morales, the February poll shows 63 percent of all responders favor capital punishment and 32 percent oppose it, continuing a decadeslong trend of strong statewide support.

Among registered voters, 67 percent support capital punishment and 29 percent oppose it.

The Left wonders why Kansas seems like a foreign country to them when even a Blue State like California is so illiberal?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2006 8:16 PM

Recall that the WoT fatigue was supposed to cost him re-election.

Posted by: oj at March 4, 2006 8:27 PM

Except for four or five counties, CA is fairly red. Throw in a dispirited, almost silly Republican party, and there it is.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 4, 2006 10:50 PM

The preference for the death penalty is unlikely to change as California becomes more Mexican. Don't be deceived by Mexican pols being anti-death penalty. They don't represent 'la gente'. When I was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, I loved Mexican jurors. I always sensed they knew right from wrong, and didn't mind calling it.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at March 4, 2006 10:59 PM

The difference between one place and another -- Kansas, California, Sweden -- is not so much in what the people there want. It's in whether they get what they want. The problem with Kansas is that, in Kansas, the people get what they want more than is good for them.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 5, 2006 11:10 AM