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Majority of Marylanders Oppose Ending Death Penalty

The latest poll from Goucher College shows that the majority of those polled do not see capital punishment as a deterrent to criminals.

A majority of Marylanders surveyed in a newly released poll say they favor retaining the death penalty in Maryland but appear to prefer life in prison without parole as a punishment for murder.

The poll released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 51 percent of those surveyed favored retaining capital punishment in Maryland compared to 43 percent who said they favored abolishing the law.

The poll released Wednesday afternoon comes just before the House of Delegates takes a scheduled preliminary vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty. That vote is scheduled for some time after 6 p.m.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed disagree that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder, while 37 percent think it does, according to the poll.

But in that same poll, 48 percent of Marylanders surveyed said they favor life in prison as a punishment for murder compared to 40 percent who favor the death penalty.

“During this past week, the Maryland General Assembly has taken the first steps to add Maryland to the list of 17 other states that have abolished the use of the death penalty,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center. “While citizens appear to overestimate its use, prefer life imprisonment without parole, and express doubts over whether the death penalty deters murder, half of Maryland residents do not want the death penalty taken completely off the table.”

The poll, conducted between March 3-7, involved 791 Maryland residents via landline phones and cell phones. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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Cheryl April 16, 2013 at 05:43 PM
http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_e7cfa8dc-980a-11e2-b532-001a4bcf887a.html or just go to the site and read all the articles written on this monster.
Baltimore Matt April 16, 2013 at 06:34 PM
When someone commits murder or rape, I no longer consider them human....they have proven themselves to be animals and need to be removed from all forms of civilization. They are no longer the same and they can no longer be trusted to be around other human beings... like that of a rabid animal. It is cruel to house prisoners for non-murder, non-rape charges in the same facilities as murders and rapists. So, in my opinion, the only choice we have, is for society to treat them as rabid animals and have them put down.
Jenjen May 31, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Being pro death penalty is like being pro slavery. These are base and outmoded ways of thinking. Enlightened countries have eliminated the death penalty. Look around you. As for the person who put his dog in the microwave... this person needs to learn a lifetime of empathy more than he needs to be dead. If it makes you feel better, ever heard of the expression "Death's too good for him."? When people have no empathy, then they can dissociate from other life.
Michael Ernest May 31, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Dah-WTF are you crawing about. Enlightened -that's a joke. Enlightened society gets rid of the those that do not respect another's humanity-or for example rape and kill a child. Typical response of using racism when there is no logic to one's arguments.
Columbia Independent May 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM
So, you're saying India, China, Japan, South Korea, etc. aren't enlightened? Glad you have such a high opinion of yourself that you think you're better than them.

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