June 13, 2013 - Colorado Voters Back Death Penalty Almost 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Early Look Shows Close Governor's Race In 2014
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Colorado voters say 69 - 24 percent that the death penalty should stay on the books and not be replaced by life in prison with no chance of parole, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. At the same time, Gov. John Hickenlooper finds himself running neck and neck with possible challengers in the 2014 governor's race.

Voters disapprove 67 - 27 percent of Gov. Hickenlooper's decision to grant convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap a reprieve, and 74 percent say the death penalty will be "very important" or "somewhat important" in their vote for governor next year, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Women want to continue the death penalty 63 - 27 percent, while men support continuation 75 - 21 percent. Support for keeping the death penalty is 87 - 11 percent among Republicans and 73 - 21 percent among independent voters, while Democrats say 49 - 41 percent switch to life in prison without parole.

More than 70 percent of Protestant and Catholic voters support the death penalty.

The death penalty is applied fairly in Colorado, voters say 53 - 27 percent, but is does not deter others from committing murder, voters say 57 - 38 percent.

"By nearly 3-1, Colorado voters support the death penalty in their state and say where their elected officials stand on it could affect their vote," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This could set up a high-voltage reelection campaign where the fate of a convicted murderer could help decide the fate of an incumbent governor."

Colorado voters say 63 - 29 percent that Dunlap should face the death penalty, and support the death penalty for Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes 67 - 26 percent.

"With scant likelihood Colorado will see an execution during the Hickenlooper governorship, Coloradans strongly support executing Nathan Dunlap and James Holmes," Malloy said.

Governor's Race

At this point, the 2014 Colorado governor's race is too close to call, with 42 percent for Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper and 41 percent for former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a possible Republican challenger.

In other possible matchups, Hickenlooper gets 42 percent to 40 percent for Secretary of State Scott Gessler, and gets 43 percent to 37 percent for State Sen. Greg Brophy.

By a slim 47 - 43 percent margin, Colorado voters approve of the job Hickenlooper is doing. Voters are divided 45 - 44 percent on whether he deserves reelection. Voters also are divided in their opinion of the governor, with 45 percent favorable to 42 percent unfavorable.

Tancredo gets a split 32 - 29 percent favorability with 37 percent who haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.

For Gessler, 74 percent don't know enough to form an opinion. Brophy gets an 86 percent 'don't know.'

"Split down the middle on whether Gov. Hickenlooper deserves reelection, Colorado voters say it's a tossup between the incumbent and possible Republican challenger Tom Tancredo, and between the governor and the largely unknown Secretary of State Scott Gessler," Malloy said.

Voters disapprove 49 - 36 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing.

From June 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,065 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Tom Tancredo the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         42%     8%    88%    42%    35%    49%    40%    55%
Tancredo             41     80      6     38     48     35     47     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      3      3      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      -      4      3      3      2      4
DK/NA                11      7      5     14     10     12      9     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Hickenlooper         49%    38%    44%    41%    44%    46%    38%    45%    38%
Tancredo             38     44     38     46     43     31     41     43     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      2      2      3      4      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      4      2      6      2      2      2
DK/NA                 8     12     12      7      9     13     15      8     10
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Hickenlooper         53%    48%    41%    29%
Tancredo             34     39     42     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      4
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      2      3
DK/NA                 8      8     13     14
 
 
2. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Scott Gessler the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         42%     7%    88%    40%    34%    50%    38%    59%
Gessler              40     81      3     37     47     34     45     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      2      2      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      3      4      1      3      2
DK/NA                13      9      7     18     13     13     12     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Hickenlooper         47%    38%    46%    41%    39%    49%    37%    44%    36%
Gessler              38     42     38     44     44     37     35     43     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      2      2      -      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      3      3      3      2      2      5      1      2
DK/NA                11     15     12     11     13     12     19     10     13
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Hickenlooper         53%    43%    41%    31%
Gessler              31     38     42     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      1      2
DK/NA                11     13     14     16
 
 
3. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Hickenlooper the Democrat and Greg Brophy the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Hickenlooper         43%    10%    88%    41%    36%    50%    40%    58%
Brophy               37     74      2     35     42     32     42     21
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      3      3      2      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      3      6      1      4      1
DK/NA                14     12      7     17     13     15     12     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Hickenlooper         49%    39%    46%    43%    41%    50%    39%    45%    37%
Brophy               33     40     34     43     39     31     34     40     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      2      2      1      4      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      3      3      5      4      5      2      3
DK/NA                13     14     13      9     14     13     18     11     16
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Hickenlooper         54%    44%    41%    34%
Brophy               29     32     43     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      7      1      3
DK/NA                12     14     13     16
 
 
4. Is your opinion of - John Hickenlooper favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            45%    20%    86%    41%    38%    52%    43%    51%
Unfavorable          42     68      8     44     51     33     46     23
Hvn't hrd enough     11     11      6     14      9     14      9     26
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Tom Tancredo favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            32%    53%    10%    33%    40%    25%    35%    12%
Unfavorable          29     11     53     28     28     30     30     25
Hvn't hrd enough     37     35     37     37     30     44     34     61
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      1      1      1
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Scott Gessler favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable            15%    28%     7%    11%    19%    10%    16%     9%
Unfavorable          11      3     23      8      8     13     11      5
Hvn't hrd enough     74     68     69     79     72     75     72     85
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Greg Brophy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Favorable             8%    15%     5%     6%    11%     6%     8%     4%
Unfavorable           5      2     11      5      4      6      5      8
Hvn't hrd enough     86     83     83     88     84     87     86     88
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      -      1      -
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Hickenlooper is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              47%    19%    89%    44%    39%    55%    45%    61%
Disapprove           43     68      8     47     50     36     46     27
DK/NA                10     13      2     10     11      9      8     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              58%    40%    49%    43%    51%    51%    44%    49%    43%
Disapprove           37     47     41     48     44     26     44     47     50
DK/NA                 5     13     10      9      5     23     12      4      7
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Approve              54%    49%    45%    40%
Disapprove           38     40     47     47
DK/NA                 8     11      8     12
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              36%    13%    66%    35%    35%    36%    34%    43%
Disapprove           49     69     22     51     53     44     51     33
DK/NA                16     17     12     14     12     20     15     24
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              42%    32%    38%    34%    37%    46%    35%    33%    31%
Disapprove           48     49     43     55     53     34     46     55     53
DK/NA                10     19     19     11      9     19     19     12     17
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Approve              41%    42%    35%    26%
Disapprove           45     41     51     57
DK/NA                15     17     15     17
 
 
21. Do you feel that John Hickenlooper deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         45%    15%    88%    41%    39%    50%    41%    59%
No/Does not          44     71      8     47     51     37     48     25
DK/NA                11     14      5     11      9     13     11     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         55%    39%    47%    44%    46%    52%    39%    48%    39%
No/Does not          39     47     41     50     44     30     44     46     53
DK/NA                 6     14     13      6     10     18     16      7      8
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Yes/Deserves         55%    51%    39%    34%
No/Does not          39     38     49     50
DK/NA                 6     12     12     16
 
 
23. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Colorado today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Very satisfied       10%     2%    25%     7%     8%    12%     9%    13%
Smwht satisfied      44     29     61     43     42     45     42     54
Smwht dissatisfied   26     37     11     27     26     25     27     21
Very dissatisfied    20     32      3     22     24     17     22     12
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very satisfied       12%     9%    11%     9%    11%    16%     8%    10%     8%
Smwht satisfied      46     42     43     45     43     48     44     43     40
Smwht dissatisfied   24     27     26     28     23     23     28     24     28
Very dissatisfied    18     22     20     19     23     13     19     23     25
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Very satisfied       15%     9%    13%     4%
Smwht satisfied      47     50     36     41
Smwht dissatisfied   21     25     27     30
Very dissatisfied    16     17     23     26
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -
 
 
24. Would you describe the state of Colorado's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Excellent             2%     -      5%     2%     2%     3%     2%     5%
Good                 52     48     68     49     54     50     53     46
Not so good          33     34     23     38     30     37     34     34
Poor                 11     16      5     10     12      9      9     13
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent             3%     2%     2%     1%     4%     2%     3%     2%     1%
Good                 63     46     45     57     63     57     52     52     50
Not so good          26     38     38     32     24     28     35     34     35
Poor                  7     13     13      8      8     12      9     11     12
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      -      -      2      1      2
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Excellent             3%     2%     3%     1%
Good                 61     61     42     45
Not so good          28     28     42     37
Poor                  8      6     13     16
DK/NA                 -      3      1      1
 
 
25. Do you think Colorado's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Better               47%    33%    69%    46%    45%    49%    47%    43%
Worse                11     15      5     10     11     11      9     14
The same             42     50     26     43     44     39     43     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               54%    42%    41%    51%    58%    51%    49%    46%    41%
Worse                 6     13     14      6      7     10     10     11     12
The same             38     44     45     42     35     39     41     42     44
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      -      -      -      3
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Better               54%    51%    45%    38%
Worse                 6     10     12     15
The same             39     38     42     47
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -
 
 
26. Would you describe your personal financial situation these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Excellent             9%     8%    13%     8%     9%     9%    10%     4%
Good                 55     54     61     53     57     54     56     46
Not so good          25     29     17     28     23     26     24     36
Poor                 10      8      7     10     10     10      9     13
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      1      2      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Excellent            15%     4%     4%     3%    27%     8%     5%    10%    12%
Good                 63     50     38     75     66     42     60     58     55
Not so good          16     30     38     20      4     34     22     23     24
Poor                  4     14     19      2      3     17     11      9      6
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      -      -      1      1      3
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Excellent            10%    11%     8%     7%
Good                 54     59     50     57
Not so good          27     22     25     24
Poor                  9      6     16     10
DK/NA                 -      2      2      2
 
 
27. Do you think your personal financial situation is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Better               24%    15%    37%    22%    25%    23%    23%    31%
Worse                16     20     10     14     14     17     15     20
The same             60     64     53     62     59     60     61     49
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      2      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               31%    19%    20%    27%    35%    41%    28%    21%     9%
Worse                13     17     20     11     10     13     13     18     18
The same             56     63     60     62     54     45     58     61     71
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      -      1      1      2
 
                     AREA.......................
                     Denv/  Arap/         RestOf
                     Bould  Jeff   West   State
 
Better               32%    15%    27%    20%
Worse                13     15     19     16
The same             55     67     53     63
DK/NA                 -      3      -      2
 
 
28. How much have you heard or read about the debate about the death penalty in Colorado; a lot, a little, or nothing at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
A lot                30%    33%    31%    29%    36%    24%    32%    26%
A little             44     39     48     47     39     49     43     41
Nothing at all       26     28     21     24     25     27     25     32
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A lot                34%    27%    26%    29%    42%    16%    22%    36%    38%
A little             46     43     43     49     41     38     42     45     50
Nothing at all       19     30     31     22     18     46     36     18     11
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less
 
A lot                31%    33%    34%    38%    32%    29%
A little             46     42     42     44     45     44
Nothing at all       22     25     24     18     23     27
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
29. How important will the issue of the death penalty be to you in your vote for governor next year; very important, somewhat important, or not important?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Very important       27%    31%    21%    28%    26%    27%    26%    26%
Somewhat important   47     47     48     45     42     52     47     53
Not important        26     21     31     27     31     21     27     21
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very important       22%    30%    29%    24%    25%    19%    24%    27%    37%
Somewhat important   45     49     46     52     44     48     51     46     43
Not important        32     21     25     25     31     32     25     27     18
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      1      1      -      -      2
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  Heard
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Very important       27%    31%    24%    35%    30%    26%    32%
Somewhat important   51     51     52     47     46     48     44
Not important        22     18     23     17     24     26     23
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
30. Do you think the death penalty should be abolished in Colorado and replaced with life in prison with no chance of parole or do you think Colorado should continue to have the death penalty?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Abolished            24%    11%    49%    21%    21%    27%    24%    18%
Continue             69     87     41     73     75     63     70     75
DK/NA                 7      3     11      6      3     10      6      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Abolished            32%    20%    24%    26%    24%    21%    23%    26%    27%
Continue             61     74     70     71     69     71     72     67     67
DK/NA                 7      6      6      4      8      9      5      7      6
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  Heard
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Abolished            23%    21%    19%    24%    25%    24%    25%
Continue             72     71     76     68     66     71     69
DK/NA                 5      8      5      8      9      5      6
 
 
30a. (If abolish q30) What is the main reason why you think the death penalty should be abolished in Colorado?
                                          DEATH PENALTY SHLD BE ABOLISHED Q30
                                          Tot    Men    Wom
 
No one has the right to take a life/
  It's murder                             19%    18%    20%
Fear of executing an innocent person/
  Irreversible                            12     12     12
Costs too much to keep someone
  on death row                             9     13      7
Religious reasons                          9      9      9
Not a deterrent/Not effective              8      9      7
Unethical/Immoral                          7      7      7
Cruel & unusual punishment/Inhumane        6      7      6
It's not applied fairly                    6      5      7
Life in prison is a harsher punishment     5      2      7
Just don't support it                      4      4      3
Life in prison is enough                   4      1      6
No one is executed anyway                  1      -      1
 
Other specify                              8     10      6
DK/NA                                      2      4      1
 
 
30b. (If continue q30) What is the main reason why you think Colorado should continue to have the death penalty?
                                          DEATH PENALTY SHLD CONTINUE Q30
                                          Tot    Men    Wom
Retribution/Fair punishment/
  Eye for an eye                          27%    27%    28%
Costs too much to keep them in
  prison/Financial burden                 22     17     28
Deterrent for others/Effective            14     19      7
For severe/Heinous crimes                 11     12     11
Just support it                            6      7      5
Life in prison isn't enough                3      2      3
Permanently removes murderer
  from society/Definitive/Final            2      2      2
Prisons are overcrowded                    2      1      3
 
Other specify                              9     11      6
DK/NA                                      4      3      5
 
 
31. As you may know, Governor Hickenlooper decided to delay the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora, Colorado, in 1993. Hickenlooper granted an indefinite reprieve to Dunlap, meaning he will stay alive until at least January 2015 when the governor's term ends. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Hickenlooper's decision?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Approve              27%    10%    54%    23%    24%    30%    24%    36%
Disapprove           67     87     36     72     72     63     70     58
DK/NA                 6      3     10      5      4      8      6      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              29%    25%    30%    25%    25%    29%    30%    26%    23%
Disapprove           63     70     64     68     70     66     64     67     72
DK/NA                 8      5      6      7      6      4      6      7      5
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  Heard
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Approve              22%    27%    18%    23%    28%    26%    25%
Disapprove           73     69     77     75     67     68     71
DK/NA                 5      4      4      3      5      6      4
 
 
32. Which punishment do you prefer for Nathan Dunlap, the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Death penalty        63%    79%    36%    69%    67%    60%    66%    59%
Life/No parole       29     17     55     24     25     32     26     33
DK/NA                 8      4     10      7      8      7      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Death penalty        55%    69%    63%    65%    61%    58%    63%    64%    67%
Life/No parole       34     25     31     28     28     35     30     27     27
DK/NA                10      6      6      7     11      7      8      9      6
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Death penalty        68%    63%    72%    67%    62%    64%    65%
Life/No parole       25     33     21     30     31     28     29
DK/NA                 7      3      7      2      7      8      6
 
 
33. As you may know, James Holmes is accused of opening fire on a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July, 2012 killing 12 people and injuring 70. If Holmes is convicted of murder, which punishment do you prefer for him, the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Death penalty        67%    81%    43%    70%    70%    63%    68%    67%
Life/No parole       26     14     50     23     23     29     26     23
DK/NA                 7      5      7      7      7      7      6     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Death penalty        59%    72%    69%    68%    61%    73%    66%    65%    65%
Life/No parole       34     21     26     25     30     24     25     27     29
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      9      3      8      9      6
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Death penalty        71%    68%    73%    68%    65%    68%    68%
Life/No parole       24     25     22     28     26     26     26
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      9      6      6
 
 
34. Generally speaking, do you believe the death penalty is applied fairly or unfairly in Colorado today?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Fairly               53%    65%    49%    48%    59%    47%    53%    52%
Unfairly             27     14     33     31     27     27     26     30
DK/NA                21     21     18     20     15     27     21     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Fairly               50%    55%    55%    53%    49%    57%    50%    53%    52%
Unfairly             27     26     28     26     28     33     26     27     21
DK/NA                23     19     17     21     23      9     24     20     28
 
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                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Fairly               56%    54%    56%    51%    53%    53%    54%
Unfairly             24     22     23     24     26     27     28
DK/NA                20     23     21     26     21     20     18
 
 
35. Do you think that the death penalty deters others from committing murder or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Hsp
 
Yes/Deters           38%    49%    19%    41%    44%    31%    38%    39%
No/Not               57     46     78     54     51     63     56     58
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      5      6      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes/Deters           30%    43%    39%    35%    38%    42%    34%    35%    41%
No/Not               66     51     54     61     59     54     62     58     51
DK/NA                 4      6      7      4      3      4      3      7      8
 
                                   WHITE......   ATTEND SRVCS  Heard
                     Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath   Weekly Less   DP Q28
 
Yes/Deters           39%    32%    42%    33%    39%    37%    39%
No/Not               54     63     51     63     55     57     55
DK/NA                 7      5      7      5      7      5      5
 
 

Demographic Summary