The Law Was Repealed, But Majority of CT Voters Support Death Penalty

That's the finding of a new Quinnipiac Poll on social issues in Connecticut.

A bill in 2012 killed the death penalty in Connecticut, yet a majority of voters support capital punishment, according to Quinnipiac Poll results released Monday.

Fifty-eight percent of Connecticut voters support the death penalty, while 36 do not, the poll found. 

Meanwhile, Quinnipiac says voters are divided in their opinion of the 2012 bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole — 47 percent approve of it and 49 percent disapprove. 

There's a gender difference on the issue of the state's repeal of the death penalty, too: 57 percent of men disapprove and 40 percent approve, while women approve 53 – 41 percent.

“Despite the botched execution in Oklahoma, we haven’t seen any change in support for the death penalty in Connecticut: 58 percent still support the death penalty, but are divided when given a choice between the death penalty and life without parole,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Voters' Stance on Other Social Issues

From May 1 – 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,668 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

Your Stance?

Do you support the death penalty?

NewIntellectual May 16, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Ok, well have fun losing your life -- everything that you care about and everything that is important to you -- in hope of the afterlife. You should, however, realize that you *are* making an implicit argument by quoting the Bible.
T-Bone May 17, 2014 at 08:52 AM
So now I am arguing? lol I think you may have come up with the wrong nickname calling yourself NewIntellectual as you go round and round with arguing, asserting and the like in what started as a debate about the death penalty. Maybe you should have chosen NewSemanticist because your arguments and your assertions have been less than "intellectual." And "...have fun losing your life," sounds like a threat, not an argument or an assertion.
NewIntellectual May 17, 2014 at 05:42 PM
"Thou Shall Not Kill" when considered in a vacuum and the statement is taken by itself is not an argument, it's an assertion. When you consider the context in which you first posted that quote, it is an implicit argument. Namely: The Bible says X and the Bible should be considered when creating laws. And no, there wasn't any threat, but you implied that if someone was threatening your life, you wouldn't kill them to protect yourself.
T-Bone May 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Now I understand, "NewIntellectual" is another way to say circular argument. I never wrote Thou Shalt Not Kill "in a vacuum," I wrote it in reference to the death penalty. Murder is wrong whether it is committed by an individual or the state.
NewIntellectual May 18, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Meh -- You can reread the conversation if you want. First, you presented the statement as an implicit argument (i.e. the bible is relevant when deciding laws -- it's not). Second time, you presented it as an assertion. By the way, not every killing is "murder". People who murder other people do not deserve to have their rights respected.


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