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Bus. Roundtable/Pepperdine Poll: 42-50 on Prop 34

The biweekly poll on California ballot propositions by Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University is out.  The most recent results are here.  Trend line is here.  In the last two weeks, the No gained a point, the Yes gained 2 points, and the Unsure lost 3 points, yielding 50.5% No and 42.5% Yes with only 7% Unsure. 

The small "unsure" in this poll is in sharp contrast with the SurveyUSA poll noted yesterday, showing a whopping 23% undecided.  The "margin of error" you always see quoted in polls is only statistical sampling error.  Methodological differences produce additional variation.


The arguments in support of Pro. 34, the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty, are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and false. Proposition 34 is being funded primarily by a wealthy company out of Chicago and the ACLU. It includes provisions that would make our prisons less safe for both other prisoners and prison officials. It significantly increases the costs to taxpayers due to life-time medical costs, the increased security required to coerce former death-row inmates to work, the money to pay those inmates to work, etc. The amount “saved” in order to help fund law enforcement is negligible and only for three years. (The money is taken from the general fund irregardless of whether Prop 34 actually saves any money.) Prop. 34 also takes away funds inmates could use to actually fight for their innocence, increasing the risk that innocent people will spend the rest of their lives in jail. The dollars Prop. 34 takes away ensure both that innocent people are not executed or spend the rest of their lives in jail. Get the facts and supporting evidence at http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com and http://waiting4justice.org/.

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