Poll Finds Majority of Californians Support Death Penalty

ABC's Eyewitness News reported a poll Wednesday that showed majority of California residents still support the death penalty after Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on all executions.

The Survey USA poll found 60 percent of respondents in California support the death penalty, with 26 opposed and the rest uncertain.

Half of the respondents in the survey said they opposed Newsom's order, with 34 percent in support. And half said they disagree with Newsom's statement that the death penalty is not in keeping with our core values.

The poll, which spoke to 600 adults, revealed 57 percent believe the legal process that leads to the death penalty is fair.

Newsom announced Wednesday morning he is issuing an executive order to grant a reprieve to every condemned inmate, over 700 currently awaiting execution on death row. He also stated he would be shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

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