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The Death Penalty Could Go Either Way In California, New Poll Shows

AP Photo / Eric Risberg

Joseph Perez talks with reporters while standing inside his caged exercise area of the adjustment center on death row at San Quentin State Prison Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, in San Quentin, Calif.

AP Photo / Eric Risberg

California voters are almost equally divided over California’s death penalty, according to a new poll from Field Research and UC Berkeley.  

Two ballot measures ask voters to decide whether to abolish capital punishment or to expedite the process. The online poll found 51 percent of voters supported Proposition 62, which would repeal it. Forty-eight percent favored the other measure, Proposition 66, but more voters are undecided about it, as well.

The poll also found continued support for Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana. Fifty-seven percent of participants favor it, with 40 percent opposed.

Statewide measures that would extend a fee on hospitals, increase taxes on the wealthy, repeal a ban on bilingual education, and place tighter restrictions on firearms all had wide support in the poll.