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Poll: Marylanders Favor Life Without Parole Over Death Penalty

A new poll by Annapolis-Based Gonzales Research shows support for banning assault weapons while only 25 percent of those polled want to see Gov. Martin O'Malley run for President.

Nearly two-thirds of Marylanders surveyed say a sentence of life without parole is an acceptable alternative to the death penalty.

The results are part of a survey released early Wednesday morning by Annapolis-based Gonzales Research.

The poll 801 state residents found that support for the death penalty in the state has slipped to 49 percent. In 2011, that same poll found that 56 percent of those polled favored the death penalty.

Opposition to the death penalty comes from Democrats and blacks at nearly 60 percent each. Republicans, independents and whites all favor the retention of capital punishment, according to the poll.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has made the repeal of the death penalty one of his legislative priorities for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session.

Support for Stricter Gun Laws

At the top of O'Malley's legislative agenda is a slate of stricter gun laws.

Statewide, 58 percent of those surveyed said they would favor banning the sale of assault weapons.

The poll also found that 88 percent of those surveyed favored background checks for people purchasing firearms at gun shows.

Also, about 44 percent of those surveyed said stricter gun laws would do more to prevent violence in schools compared to 36 percent who said armed guards or police officers would reduce violence in schools.

Public Supports Transportation, Rejects Taxes

In an interesting juxtaposition, 94 percent of those surveyed believe it is important to maintain state roads and bridges but a majority of all groups surveyed did not favor a gas tax increase to support those projects.

Only 26 percent of those surveyed said they support a 10-cent per gallon increase in the state gas tax compared to 73 percent in the same poll that said they oppose that tax.

The strongest support for a tax increase comes from Democrats with 36 percent being in favor.

Republicans, independents, men and women all oppose the tax—89, 75, 75 and 71 percent respectively.

Majority Approves of O'Malley Performance, Not Presidential Aspirations

O'Malley's job approval remains essentially flat compared to the same time last year with 54 percent of those surveyed saying they approve of the two-term governor's performance.

Women and blacks, 61 and 78 percent respectively, were the strongest supporters of O'Malley, according to the poll. Only 46 percent of men and whites respectively said they approved of the job O'Malley is doing.

A year ago, O'Malley's approval was 53 percent. His lowest job approval numbers, 37 percent, came in March 2008.

Despite the majority approval, most surveyed said they did not want to see the governor run for President.

Of those surveyed, only 25 percent said they believed O'Malley should run for President in 2016 while 58 percent said he should not and 17 percent were not sure.

The governor is widely considered to be interested in running for president in four years and recently created a federal campaign account.

Idaho Bill January 24, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Steve, INL is over 500 miles away from where I reside. You have dope heads where ever you may be. Frank, Your liberal logic is funny. I am sure you have never been out of the city or exposed to country lifestyle. I live in the middle of my wife's families ranch and it is the best lifestyle. It is great to walk out your door and see no one staring at you over a fence. Sanchez, Most of the Californians moving to this area are trying to get away from the Libtards of their state-the biggest one being Pelosi. Hollywood trash end up in the little liberal areas where they have the lifestyles that suit them. They are not all through Idaho. FIFA, I would take the DUI's you listed along with Craig and the footsie incident over O' Malley, Cardin, and the rest of the libs representing Maryland any day. They know what the Constitution stands for and will fight for it the way it should be fought for. They are not blatantly trying to undermine our rights as citizens. One day you Sheeple will wake up, but by then it will be too late.
Idaho Bill January 24, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Right on the money Sue Crandall.
Steve January 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I also lived in Hayden Lake. That state is a magnet for misfits.
amark January 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Tim let me save you the embarrassment here of posing such at best misleading and at worst dishonest gibberish. First of all you didn't even list the 10 states you are referring to. That would have been a good place to start. Also are we talking per capita income? Because yes many of those are leftist, so what? Are you drawing the conclusion that liberal legislation has led to such prosperity for the people? Many other "rich" states (CA, IL, NY, NJ) are basically bankrupt because of guess what? LIberal policies! I know, I know.... the liberals on the patch and elsewhere believe they are ALWAYS the smartest and they look down their elite noses at those who don't share their socialist views. Owe'malley is a perfect example of that. You know the guy who you: "don't love much of what (he) spews". LOL.
FIFA January 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
But you found the need to be nasty, "dope heads", "libtard", & "sheeple", May a caribou find you well.
Remmy January 24, 2013 at 09:48 PM
To the guy who left Maryland for Idaho: Enjoy Priest Lake - great place to spend 1 month in the summer. Enjoy the Great Outdoors.
Jill January 25, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Repeal the death penalty. Quit killing unborn innocent lives.Keep murderers alive, kill babies. Sounds like liberal rationing!
Steve January 25, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Even the Catholic Church is now saying fetuses aren't people.... http://coloradoindependent.com/126808/in-malpractice-case-catholic-hospital-argues-fetuses-arent-people
Jamie Huntley January 25, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Just because one hospital which happens to be a Catholic ran facility says that, does not mean the entire Catholic Church thinks that. That's a load of bs. Especially to say something on a day like today. Which is March for Life.
Jamie Huntley January 25, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I think the death penalty is cheaper than supporting/ housing/ feeding/ clothing/ having employees inmates.
Steve January 25, 2013 at 03:35 PM
"One Hospital"?? It's 170 Catholic hospitals that have assets over $15 Billion.
FIFA January 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Some people think 9/11 was a government conspiracy and also believe we have a Hawaiian Kenyan Usurper Devil Baby as President. Go read and learn here - http://www.goccp.maryland.gov/capital-punishment/documents/death-penalty-commission-final-report.pdf
FIFA January 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
When it comes to money, the Catholic Church sure does know how to protect it. When it comes to adolescent children, they have not been so good at it.
1ke January 25, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I think the same thing of children: it is cheaper to kill them off than supporting/housing/feeding/clothing them.
Balt Observer January 25, 2013 at 04:35 PM
And that kind of thinking is precisely why you find yourself suffering from your grievous ailments in the hospice ward, Ike.
Jeff Hawkins January 25, 2013 at 04:42 PM
@Jill Yes, repeal the death penalty. Also eliminate abortion (except under certain circumstances).
Not at my expense January 26, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I am totaly shocked by some of these comments. I was never for the death penalty until crime hit home. My friend was bruttaly executed along with her sister in law, her 5 year old and 3 year old children in the state of Maryland. So now I ask wtf should I pay for this coward to have his life for however long that may be. Those children didnt get to live their lives, nor did their mother or aunt. So why should he live on my tax dollars and my friends families tax dollars? Why should I provide him with three meals a day, rec time, family visits, education, medical care, and who know what else? He dosent deserve his life....and definitly not at my expense!!!
Not at my expense January 26, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I am for the death penalty see my statement below...but biased on Abortion...I agree with George Washington most people that have abortions are low income, single mothers, young mothers, uneducated mothers, and as statistics are in stone these children will grow up and repeat the cycle and or become statics theirselves. No abortion should not be a form of birth control over and over again...but why force the person to have a child they dont want (and should have protected theirselves from either producing), for the child to be neglected, barely taken care of or either but up for adoption)
Not at my expense January 26, 2013 at 03:24 AM
someone that excutes innocent children....
Fed Up Citizen March 13, 2013 at 05:16 AM
It costs less money and takes less time to electricute some piece of murdering filth than it does to fry an omelete for breakfast. Electric chair runs off same current as the average electric stove. I fugure it costs maybe $.03 worth of electricity. Sounds like a bargain to me.
Eastsider March 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM
This is why we need the death penalty. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/23/mother-of-baby-shot-dead-speaks-out-in-heartbreaking-interview-he-must-have-died-instantly/ How can you rehab these killers?
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 24, 2013 at 03:20 AM
and this begs the questions why even try?
Eastsider March 24, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Funny thing Lorna we had no comment from the Libs on this one. Hope these two kids get the death penalty and fry. They want to play in the big league well they get what they deserve DEATH.
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 24, 2013 at 02:14 PM
A sorry lot, indeed!!!
jag March 24, 2013 at 05:53 PM
You trolls honestly need to get a life. Fighting straw men on an article over two months old...doesn't get much sadder than that.
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 24, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Trolls..smolls... I suppose ignoring the whole thing would be getting some sort of life...likely one that is exactly what a number of folks on this particular thread would like very much.
Steve March 24, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Electric chairs require 2,000 + volts.
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 25, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Always casting about for straws aren't you Stevee darling...you'll grab anything in a storm to further the agenda of your comrades. Be careful you don't end up on the short end of their stick, honey child.
Christopher Kidwell March 25, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Once again, assault weapons are already banned. What they are calling for banning are semi-automatics that only fire one bullet per pull of the trigger and, most of them, aren't even condoned for hunting because of the lack of stopping power of the bullets used. Let's focus on putting severely mentally ill people in mental institutions where they belong and putting people who use guns in crimes in prisons for long periods of time, where they belong.
Christopher Kidwell March 25, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Actually, correction to my statement: assault weapons are already incredibly highly regulated. In order to own one legally, you need a special gun license that costs nearly 20K to get, the money to buy one (50K-100K is the going prices for one), and a bunch of other stuff to adhere to the regulations on the special gun license. Assault weapons are NOT a real worry in the real world.

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