A survey released by Nebraska death penalty supporters suggest a majority of voters favor repealing the bill that would end capital punishment in the state, reports the Lincoln Journal Star. In the poll of 600 likely voters, 47.8 percent said they would definitely vote to keep the death penalty and another 10.5 percent said they probably would vote to keep it. “If the election were held today, Nebraskans would vote in overwhelming numbers to … keep the death penalty,” said Nebraskans for the Death Penalty.
The survey by Florida-based Global Marketing Research Services came after a cable television and radio ad campaign by death penalty opponents. Dan Parsons, a spokesman for the organization Retain a Just Nebraska, said, “This is a flawed poll and should not be viewed as an accurate measurement of how Nebraskans view the death penalty,” said spokesman Dan Parsons. “It’s a push poll that misleads Nebraskans into thinking they have no other option than getting rid of the death penalty. When in reality, the question that will appear on the November 8 ballot asks voters if they wish to replace the death penalty with life in prison. Our polling and numerous others … show that when given that choice, voters chose life in prison.”