April 25, 2012 - Connecticut Voters Split On Death Or Life Without Parole, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Say Abolishing Death Penalty Is Bad Idea

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While Connecticut voters support the death penalty in general 62 - 30 percent, they are evenly divided on the preferred punishment for a person convicted of murder, as 46 percent want the death penalty while 46 percent want life in prison with no chance of parole, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

When half of the voters in the survey are asked if the State Legislature's decision to abolish the death penalty is a "good idea" or "bad idea," they say "bad idea" 60 - 34 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

When the other half of voters are asked about abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison with no chance of parole, they say "bad idea" 54 - 42 percent. Voters who attend religious services weekly say "good idea" 50 - 46 percent. Voters who attend services less frequently say "bad idea" 58 - 38 percent.

In deciding what to do with inmates currently on Connecticut's Death Row:
  • 49 percent of voters say do not abolish the death penalty at all;
  • 25 percent say abolish the death penalty for all cases, including those on Death Row;
  • 21 percent say abolish the death penalty only for future cases, not for current convicts.
A total of 37 percent of Connecticut voters say a legislator's death penalty vote will be "extremely important" or "very important" to their vote in November's legislative elections, and most of them are less likely to vote for a legislator who voted to abolish the death penalty.

"The death penalty is a complex issue for voters, and for pollsters," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "Connecticut voters want to keep the death penalty, perhaps as an option for the most heinous crimes, such as the Cheshire murders."

"While they want to keep the death penalty on the books, voters are divided on whether they prefer to sentence convicted murderers to death or life without parole. In fact, 74 percent say a life or death sentence depends on the circumstances of the case," Dr. Schwartz added.

"A simple yes-no question on the death penalty suggests voters want it as an option. Adding the life without parole option shows that voters are more lenient when it comes to administering punishment."

Connecticut voters disapprove 49 - 32 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing, compared to 50 - 35 percent disapproval in a March 21 Quinnipiac University survey, before the death penalty repeal.

Voters disapprove 44 - 37 percent of the job Gov. Dannel Malloy is doing, compared to a 45 - 44 percent split March 21, Malloy's best score since he took office in January 2011.

Minimum Wage

Connecticut voters support 70 - 28 percent raising the $8.25 per hour minimum wage. Support is 88 - 10 percent among Democrats and 69 - 28 percent among independent voters, while Republicans are divided 48 - 50 percent. Women support a hike 74 - 24 percent while men support it 65 - 33 percent.

Given several choices on the minimum wage:
  • 34 percent of voters want to raise it to $9.25 per hour;
  • 6 percent want to raise it to something less than $9.25 per hour;
  • 27 percent want to raise it to more than $9.25 per hour;
  • 28 percent want no increase.
Voters think 50 - 45 percent that small businesses will reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage is increased. Women agree 51 - 43 percent while men are divided 49 - 48 percent. A higher minimum wage will mean less hiring, Republicans think 65 - 32 percent and independent voters think 51 - 43 percent. Democrats don't think there will be less hiring 57 - 36 percent.

"Every group, except Republicans, supports increasing Connecticut's minimum wage. Although all income groups support a higher minimum wage, support declines with income," said Dr. Schwartz.

From April 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,745 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              37%    19%    51%    39%    40%    35%
Disapprove           44     64     32     41     45     43
DK/NA                19     18     17     20     15     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              43%    32%    38%    40%    30%    53%
Disapprove           33     49     49     41     54     27
DK/NA                24     19     13     18     17     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                     Apr 25  Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              37      44      41      38      35
Disapprove           44      45      48      44      40
DK/NA                19      11      11      18      25
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              32%    17%    46%    31%    33%    31%
Disapprove           49     68     31     50     53     44
DK/NA                20     15     23     20     14     24
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              38%    28%    31%    31%    26%    46%
Disapprove           36     52     53     48     57     32
DK/NA                26     20     15     20     16     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Mar 21  Sep 15  Jun 15  Jul 16  Jun 03  Sep 15
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2010    2004    2011
 
Approve              32      35      27      33      28      48      27
Disapprove           49      50      57      50      58      33      57
DK/NA                20      15      16      17      14      19      16
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              45%    54%    32%    51%    45%    45%
Disapprove           41     33     55     37     46     38
DK/NA                13     14     13     12      9     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              46%    49%    44%    46%    50%    37%
Disapprove           37     37     46     44     37     52
DK/NA                18     14     10     10     14     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator? (*Low also 38% Dec 2008)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Mar 09  Sep 21  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2000    2011*
 
Approve              45      51      51      41      38      80      38
Disapprove           41      38      40      45      45      14      45
DK/NA                13      11      10      14      17       6      17
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              58%    36%    78%    57%    52%    63%
Disapprove           27     49      8     27     34     21
DK/NA                15     15     14     16     14     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              52%    54%    62%    62%    52%    71%
Disapprove           23     32     28     25     34     13
DK/NA                25     14     11     13     14     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Blumenthal is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              58      64      60      54      49
Disapprove           27      23      23      25      25
DK/NA                15      14      17      21      26
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              49%    11%    86%    45%    43%    54%
Disapprove           47     87     12     49     55     41
DK/NA                 4      3      3      6      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              59%    47%    49%    45%    39%    68%
Disapprove           36     49     49     50     57     28
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 71% Apr 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Mar 22  Sep 16  Jun 15  Mar 09  May 27  Sep 16
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              49      53      48      53      49      71      48
Disapprove           47      43      48      44      47      22      48
DK/NA                 4       4       4       3       4       7       4
 
 
6. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     1%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      37     21     55     34     37     37
Smwht dissatisfied   33     35     27     38     33     34
Very dissatisfied    27     44     15     26     27     27
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     1%     2%     1%     3%
Smwht satisfied      45     36     33     38     28     53
Smwht dissatisfied   32     33     32     35     36     30
Very dissatisfied    19     28     34     24     34     13
DK/NA                 3      -      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Connecticut today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09  Jul 15  Oct 21  Sep 15
                     2012    2011    2011    2011    2010    1998    2011
 
Very satisfied        2       2       4       2       3      21       2
Smwht satisfied      37      27      30      29      38      62      27
Smwht dissatisfied   33      39      32      35      37      14      39
Very dissatisfied    27      32      35      33      22       3      32
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       -       1
 
 
7. Regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy's policies, would you say you like or don't like Dannel Malloy as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 47%    37%    63%    42%    49%    45%
Don't Like           17     24     12     17     16     17
DK/NA                37     39     25     42     36     37
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Like                 51%    46%    47%    48%    43%    55%
Don't Like           17     16     19     16     19     10
DK/NA                33     38     34     36     37     34
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy's policies, would you say you like or don't like Dannel Malloy as a person?
                     Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15
                     2012    2011    2011
 
Like                 47      45      48
Don't Like           17      23      18
DK/NA                37      33      34
 
 
8. And regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Dannel Malloy's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 37%    19%    55%    35%    37%    36%
Don't Like           48     69     32     47     49     47
DK/NA                16     12     13     18     14     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Like                 42%    34%    36%    37%    29%    54%
Don't Like           37     51     52     47     56     32
DK/NA                21     15     12     16     16     14
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Dannel Malloy as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Dannel Malloy's policies?
                     Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15
                     2012    2011    2011
 
Like                 37      36      37
Don't Like           48      50      50
DK/NA                16      14      13
 
 
9. Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 19     12     29     17     22     17
Not so good          51     51     53     50     51     52
Poor                 28     37     17     31     26     31
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                 31     17     15     19     24     16     20     17     23
Not so good          50     53     50     53     54     49     49     51     52
Poor                 18     29     34     27     21     33     30     31     24
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Connecticut's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Feb 10  Dec 17  Dec 20  Feb 10
                     2012    2011    2009    2009    2008    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       -       -       3       -
Good                 19      15      13       6      11      51       6
Not so good          51      48      57      53      62      38      53
Poor                 28      35      28      39      26       7      39
DK/NA                 1       -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
10. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in Connecticut will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           28%    17%    43%    21%    29%    26%
Get worse            19     24      9     22     19     18
Stay the same        52     56     47     54     50     54
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Get better           29%    25%    27%    31%    32%    24%    27%    22%    30%
Get worse            14     21     22     12     15     21     19     19     19
Stay the same        56     53     50     54     51     53     52     57     51
DK/NA                 1      1      1      3      2      2      2      2      1
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in Connecticut will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                                                             GET BETTER...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Jul 01  Apr 07  Nov 21  Jul 01
                     2012    2011    2009    2008    2005    2003    2008
 
Get better           28      25      31      12      22      38      12
Get worse            19      28      20      44      23      13      44
Stay the same        52      44      46      39      51      47      39
DK/NA                 2       3       3       5       4       2       5
 
 
11. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Excellent             6%     8%     6%     4%     6%     6%
Good                 54     58     54     54     56     52
Not so good          28     26     31     26     28     29
Poor                 10      6      8     14      7     13
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Excellent             7%     6%     6%     5%     9%     4%     2%     4%    15%
Good                 59     57     49     54     65     47     38     61     69
Not so good          23     25     32     29     19     34     37     28     14
Poor                  8     10     12      9      6     13     22      5      2
DK/NA                 3      1      1      2      1      2      1      1      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20  Apr 23
                     2012    2011    2009    2009    2008    2001    2001
 
Excellent             6       7       4       4       5      11      10
Good                 54      53      52      44      48      65      63
Not so good          28      27      32      35      34      18      20
Poor                 10      12      11      15      12       5       6
DK/NA                 2       1       1       2       1       1       1
 
 
12. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Better off           31%    28%    40%    25%    33%    29%
Worse off            41     48     31     44     40     42
SAME(VOL)            27     23     28     29     27     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Better off           48%    37%    27%    19%    38%    26%    25%    31%    42%
Worse off            28     40     47     42     34     46     47     43     33
SAME(VOL)            22     23     26     38     27     27     28     25     24
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      2      1      2      -
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                             BETTER OFF....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Nov 24  Feb 11
                     2012    2011    2009    2009    2008    2004    2009
 
Better off           31      32      20      18      22      40      18
Worse off            41      45      56      60      58      32      60
SAME(VOL)            27      22      23      21      18      26      21
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
13. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Get better           25%    23%    29%    24%    28%    22%
Get worse            14     17      7     15     13     14
Stay the same        60     59     63     59     57     62
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Get better           47%    24%    26%    11%    26%    24%    26%    23%    31%
Get worse             8     13     14     15     12     15     16     12     12
Stay the same        44     61     59     72     61     59     57     63     57
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      1      2      1      2      1
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                     Apr 25  Jun 15  Jul 23  Feb 11  Dec 17  Dec 20
                     2012    2011    2009    2009    2008    2001
 
Get better           25      27      27      24      25      33
Get worse            14      19      16      20      18       7
Stay the same        60      52      54      51      53      58
DK/NA                 2       2       2       5       4       2
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the - budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    16%    47%    29%    34%    28%
Disapprove           54     73     39     55     54     55
DK/NA                15     12     14     16     12     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              30%    26%    34%    34%    35%    29%    34%    29%    31%
Disapprove           51     60     57     48     52     56     51     59     55
DK/NA                19     14      9     17     14     15     16     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the budget?
                     Apr 25  Sep 15  Jun 15  Mar 09
                     2012    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              31      36      36      32
Disapprove           54      55      52      51
DK/NA                15       9      13      16
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              38%    26%    47%    38%    39%    37%
Disapprove           43     52     37     41     40     45
DK/NA                20     22     16     21     21     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              36%    38%    39%    39%    39%    37%    43%    34%    35%
Disapprove           41     43     44     40     42     43     38     47     46
DK/NA                23     19     16     21     19     20     19     19     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling education?
                     Apr 25  Mar 21
                     2012    2012
 
Approve              38      36
Disapprove           43      41
DK/NA                20      23
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling - taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              25%     9%    39%    24%    29%    22%
Disapprove           64     83     50     63     61     66
DK/NA                11      8     10     13     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              22%    22%    27%    30%    30%    22%    26%    23%    27%
Disapprove           59     68     67     59     60     67     63     67     61
DK/NA                20      9      6     11     11     11     11     10     12
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling the - economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    16%    45%    30%    34%    29%
Disapprove           56     73     41     58     55     57
DK/NA                13     11     13     13     11     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              36%    27%    32%    34%    35%    29%    34%    29%    29%
Disapprove           49     61     60     50     51     59     55     61     55
DK/NA                15     12      9     15     13     12     12     10     16
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of - Dannel Malloy's handling of the death penalty?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%    17%    52%    30%    33%    33%
Disapprove           47     65     31     48     49     45
DK/NA                20     19     17     23     17     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              36%    28%    35%    35%    15%    72%
Disapprove           36     52     50     45     68     11
DK/NA                28     19     15     20     18     17
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES
                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Approve              31%    29%    33%    33%
Disapprove           48     55     46     47
DK/NA                21     17     21     19
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the - state legislature's handling of the death penalty?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              29%    15%    44%    27%    29%    29%
Disapprove           51     66     38     53     55     48
DK/NA                20     19     18     20     15     23
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Approve              31%    27%    31%    29%    13%    65%
Disapprove           38     55     54     52     71     15
DK/NA                31     19     14     19     16     20
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES
                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Approve              26%    25%    29%    30%
Disapprove           52     60     53     50
DK/NA                22     14     18     20
 
 
20. Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favor                62%    79%    46%    63%    63%    61%
Oppose               30     14     46     29     31     30
DK/NA                 8      7      7      8      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Favor                59%    66%    63%    59%
Oppose               34     27     30     33
DK/NA                 7      7      7      8
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES
                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Favor                60%    69%    59%    63%
Oppose               30     25     33     29
DK/NA                10      6      8      8
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?
                                                             FAVOR........
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Mar 10  Oct 13  Nov 07  Jan 12  Mar 10  Jan 12
                     2012    2011    2010    2007    2005    2011    2005
 
Favor                62      67      65      63      59      67      59
Oppose               30      28      23      27      31      28      31
DK/NA                 8       5      12      10      10       5      10
 
 
21. Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder, the death penalty, or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Death Penalty        46%    61%    34%    45%    45%    46%
Life/No Parole       46     31     61     45     46     46
DK/NA                 8      8      5      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Death Penalty        37%    48%    47%    47%    71%     2%
Life/No Parole       56     42     45     45     20     97
DK/NA                 7      9      9      7      9      1
 
                                   ATTEND SERVICES
                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Death Penalty        47%    53%    44%    47%
Life/No Parole       45     39     49     45
DK/NA                 8      8      7      8
 
TREND: Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder, the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                                                             DEATH PENALTY
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 25  Mar 10  Oct 13  Nov 07  Jan 12  Mar 10  Jan 12
                     2012    2011    2010    2007    2005    2011    2005
 
Death Penalty        46      48      46      47      37      48      37
Life/No Parole       46      43      41      44      49      43      49
DK/NA                 8       9      14       9      14       9      14
 
 
22. Which statement comes closest to your point of view? (A) All persons convicted of murder should get the death penalty. (B) No one convicted of murder should get the death penalty. OR (C) Whether or not someone convicted of murder gets the death penalty should depend on the circumstances of the case.
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
(A) All               7%    12%     3%     5%     7%     6%
(B) No one           18      7     29     16     18     18
(C) Depends          74     80     66     77     74     75
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
(A) All               6%     5%     5%     9%    10%     1%
(B) No one           19     15     19     18      1     57
(C) Depends          76     79     75     70     89     42
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      -      1
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
(A) All               6%     9%     8%     6%
(B) No one           16     14     19     17
(C) Depends          76     77     71     76
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1
 
TREND: Which statement comes closest to your point of view? (A) All persons convicted of murder should get the death penalty. (B) No one convicted of murder should get the death penalty. (C) Whether or not someone convicted of murder gets the death penalty should depend on the circumstances of the case.
                     Apr 25  Mar 10  Oct 13  Jan 12  Apr 23  Jun 22
                     2012    2011    2010    2005    2001    2000
 
(A) All               7      10       7       6       8       9
(B) No one           18      16      14      20      15      16
(C) Depends          74      73      78      73      76      73
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       2
 
 
23. (Split Sample A) The state legislature has passed a bill to abolish the death penalty. Do you think abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut is a good idea or a bad idea? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Good idea            34%    13%    49%    35%    35%    33%
Bad idea             60     82     47     59     58     62
DK/NA                 6      5      4      5      7      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34* 35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Good idea            44%    28%    32%    36%     8%    90%
Bad idea             52     64     65     57     88      7
DK/NA                 4      8      3      7      3      2
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Good idea            33%    24%    31%    35%
Bad idea             60     71     62     61
DK/NA                 7      5      7      5
 
TREND: The state legislature has passed a bill to abolish the death penalty. Do you think abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut is a good idea or a bad idea? (*Intro: "There is a proposal in the state legislature to abolish the death penalty")
                     Apr 25  Mar 21
                     2012    2012*
 
Good idea            34      31
Bad idea             60      62
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
24. (Split Sample B) The state legislature has passed a bill to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Do you think abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut and replacing it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole is a good idea or a bad idea? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Good idea            42%    27%    60%    39%    41%    42%
Bad idea             54     72     35     57     55     53
DK/NA                 4      1      5      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34* 35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Good idea            47%    36%    40%    45%    16%    94%
Bad idea             47     61     56     49     82      4
DK/NA                 6      3      4      7      3      2
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Good idea            42%    38%    50%    38%
Bad idea             53     58     46     58
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4
 
 
25. The bill would abolish the death penalty only for future cases. Those who are currently on death row would still be executed. Which comes closest to your point of view; the death penalty should not be abolished, the death penalty should be abolished but only for future cases, OR the death penalty should be abolished for all cases including those already on death row?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Do not abolish       49%    68%    33%    50%    51%    48%
Abolish future cases 21     15     27     22     19     23
Abolish all cases    25     14     36     24     26     23
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Do not abolish       46%    55%    53%    44%    75%     5%
Abolish future cases 25     19     20     23     15     33
Abolish all cases    26     21     24     28      8     60
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      3      3
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Do not abolish       48%    56%    45%    52%
Abolish future cases 21     20     24     20
Abolish all cases    26     21     27     24
DK/NA                 5      3      4      4
 
 
26. State legislative elections are coming up in November. How important will the way your legislator voted on abolishing the death penalty be to your vote for state legislator in November; extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Extremely important  14%    18%    13%    11%    15%    13%
Very important       23     24     22     24     20     26
Somewhat important   45     44     47     44     46     44
Not important        17     12     18     19     19     15
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
Extremely important   8%    16%    14%    15%    17%    10%
Very important       19     19     22     30     27     17
Somewhat important   54     42     48     40     43     52
Not important        19     22     15     13     12     21
DK/NA                 -      1      1      2      1      1
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
Extremely important  12%    17%    15%    13%
Very important       25     24     26     22
Somewhat important   42     45     43     46
Not important        18     13     13     19
DK/NA                 3      1      3      -
 
 
27. If your state legislator voted to abolish the death penalty, would that make you more likely to vote for that legislator, less likely to vote for that legislator, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
More likely          16%     9%    26%    14%    17%    16%
Less likely          34     56     20     31     38     32
No difference        46     31     52     51     44     48
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      1      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    DEATH PENALTY Q20
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Favor  Oppose
 
More likely          20%    15%    15%    16%     7%    40%
Less likely          33     40     35     30     53      2
No difference        47     42     48     48     37     57
DK/NA                 -      3      2      5      3      1
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
More likely          17%    14%    19%    15%
Less likely          35     37     35     35
No difference        45     46     42     48
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2
 
 
28. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in Connecticut, which is now $8.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              70%    48%    88%    69%    65%    74%
Oppose               28     50     10     28     33     24
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Support              71%    71%    74%    64%    63%    74%    78%    70%    59%
Oppose               26     28     25     33     34     24     21     27     40
DK/NA                 2      1      1      3      3      2      1      2      1
 
 
29. (If support q28) Do you think that the minimum wage should be $9.25 an hour, should be less than $9.25 an hour, or should be more than $9.25 an hour? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     SUPPORT INCREASE Q28.......................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Exactly $9.25        48%    47%    47%    52%    46%    51%
Less than $9.25       9     11      8      8     10      9
More than $9.25      38     37     41     37     39     38
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34* 35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Exactly $9.25        55%    42%    48%    53%    50%    48%    47%    48%    48%
Less than $9.25       8      7     10     10     10      8      9      8     12
More than $9.25      34     46     39     33     35     40     40     41     35
DK/NA                 2      5      3      4      5      4      3      3      5
 
 
29a. (COMBINED Q28 & Q29) Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in Connecticut, which is now $8.25 an hour? IF SUPPORT: Do you think that the minimum wage should be $9.25 an hour, should be less than $9.25 an hour, or should be more than $9.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Increase to $9.25    34%    23%    41%    36%    29%    37%
Increase < $9.25      6      5      7      6      6      6
Increase > $9.25     27     18     36     26     25     28
Oppose increase      28     50     10     28     33     24
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Increase to $9.25    39%    30%    35%    34%    31%    35%    37%    34%    28%
Increase < $9.25      6      5      7      6      7      6      7      5      7
Increase > $9.25     24     32     29     21     22     30     31     29     21
Oppose increase      26     28     25     33     34     24     21     27     40
DK/NA                 4      5      4      6      6      4      4      5      4
 
 
30. Do you think small businesses will reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage is raised, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  50%    65%    36%    51%    49%    51%
No                   45     32     57     43     48     43
DK/NA                 5      3      6      6      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    COLLEGE DEG  ANNUAL HsHOLD INC
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Yes    No    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Yes                  58%    45%    47%    51%    51%    49%    49%    50%    53%
No                   38     50     51     42     45     45     45     46     42
DK/NA                 4      5      3      7      4      6      5      5      4
 

Demographic Summary