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L.A. Now Live: Do Californians support end to death penalty?

October 26, 2012 |  7:55 am

A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found that the gap between supporters and opponents of Proposition 34, a measure to repeal the capital punishment measure, is now very small — only 3 percentage points.

Still, less than half of respondents said they would vote for the measure, which would replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Times reporter Maura Dolan will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the results of the poll.

Forty-two percent said they would vote for Proposition 34, with 45% saying no. In September, the gap was 38% to 51%, a 13-point difference. A significant 12% of respondents said they did not know how they would vote, nearly identical to the 11% who had not decided last month.

Support for a separate measure that would ease the state's three-strikes sentencing law remained high, with more than 60% in favor of amending it.

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