CT's Up for Death

Poll reveals that people want to keep the death penalty, not replace it

Connecticut has a death penalty and it seems we want to keep it that way, despite legislative attempts to abolish it.

As the General Assembly and Gov. M. Jodi Rell butt heads on whether there should be a death row, Quinnipiac University ventured to see how the rest of us feel about that.

In turns out that 61 percent of people polled said they want things to stay as-is.

Despite legislative attempts, people said they do not want to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole for convicted murderers.

The General Assembly, led by Dems, handed Republican Rell the bill this month. She has vowed to veto it.

Capital punishment, she said, is appropriate for certain heinous crimes. People polled shared that sentiment.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said the new poll shows public opinion is on Rell's side as she prepares to veto the bill that sharply split Connecticut's General Assembly this month.

Ten convicted murderers currently sit on Connecticut's death row.

Among death penalty opponents, 23 percent said no one has the right to take a human life and 15 percent said they fear the possibility that an innocent person could be executed.

Connecticut last put someone to death on May 13, 2005. Serial killer Michael Ross was put to death by lethal injection after he willingly halted his appeals. It was New England's first execution since 1960.

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