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Column: Floridians prefer life without parole over capital punishment for murderers

  • As the misconception is debunked, it may well strengthen the already strong preference for life without parole.
  • If more citizens were disabused of this mistaken belief, this too would likely increase Floridians’ preference for life without parole.
  • It showed that when respondents are asked to choose between the two legally available options – the death penalty and life in prison without parole – Floridians clearly favor, by a strong majority (57.7 percent to 43.3 percent), life imprisonment without parole over death.
  • The strong preference for life without parole exists even though two-thirds of respondents (68.9 percent) mistakenly believe that the death penalty is cheaper to administer than life without parole, something that virtually every study of the issue has indicated is incorrect.
  • What the research demonstrates is that Floridians’ attitudes on the death penalty are complex.

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Support for the death penalty is at historic 40-year lows according to the Gallup poll, which has been tracking attitudes on the issue since the 1930s. Pew Research Center’s last national poll found support to be as low as 56 percent. But support for the death penalty may actually be even weaker than these polls reveal because pollsters routinely fail to ask the most telling question: Do you prefer the death penalty or life in prison without parole for persons convicted of first-degree murder?


Column: Floridians prefer life without parole over capital punishment for murderers

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