Updated: The Poll was NOT working so Flap created a new one.
The Los Angeles Times has Californians Conflicted on Williams’ Fate
Deciding whether someone should live or die with the sanction of the state cannot be an easy thing. Schwarzenegger has already said he dreads deciding whether to let the Dec. 13 execution go forward. But although the judgment will not hinge on politics, the choice is particularly fraught for Schwarzenegger as he seeks to recover from last month’s disastrous special election and runs for a second term next year.
Abandoned by a large swath of the state’s Democratic-leaning electorate, Republican Schwarzenegger has worked to reclaim his centrist image by aggressively reaching out to old adversaries, even going so far as naming a longtime Democratic activist, Susan Kennedy, as his new chief of staff.
Granting clemency to Williams “would fit in with that kind of new characterization” of the governor as a more “humane, caring individual,” said Larry N. Gerston, a San Jose State political scientist.
And yet blocking Williams’ execution could further antagonize conservatives already outraged by Kennedy’s appointment and Schwarzenegger’s talk of huge new borrowing to pay for improved roads, ports and other infrastructure projects. “If he blinks on this issue, does he perhaps add more fuel to that fire and open the possibility for a primary fight?” Gerston asked.
But public opinion on the matter appears shaded with nuance. In polls taken over roughly the last decade, a majority of Californians have consistently said they support the death penalty for serious crimes. At the same time, some surveys have also found strong support for an alternative sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A series of random interviews around the state last week â€” in politically competitive areas reflecting California as a whole â€” found similar ambivalence among nearly four dozen individuals who agreed to discuss their views on Schwarzenegger, capital punishment and the choice the governor faces.
Note the Times question and responses:
Should Gov. Schwarzenegger grant clemency to convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams?
Yes. He’s redeemed himself in prison, and his life still has value.
No. The jury’s sentence must be carried out.
I don’t know. (Fortunately, it’s not for me to decide.)
California Conservative Blog has another poll.
Note California Conservative asks a different question:
After sitting on death row for 25 years, should convicted multiple murderer Stanley â€œTookieâ€ Williams be executed as sentenced by law?
Yes or No
Flap will have his own poll, keeping to the central issue of the December 8th clemency hearing.
Flap will e-mail the results to the Governor’s office.
Please vote and make your voice heard……..