A California Business Roundtable/Pepperdine University poll taken about two weeks ago showed those opposing Prop 34's repeal of the death penalty ahead by a mere two percent, 47% to 45%.
Along came the Aurora massacre. Sausage, meet grinder. The new poll shows the repeal measure being blown out, 55.7% to 35.9%. This is no surprise. It has been known for years that support for the death penalty surges when respondents are focused on a specific case, rather than having the question put to them in general, hypothetical and often misleading terms.
Thus, at present, it appears that Prop 34 will meet its fate for exactly the right reason: There are some cases so horrible that preventing the jury from even considering capital punishment is a miscarriage of justice.
The specific results of the poll are:
[Editor's Note: See also follow-up post here.]