A spokesman with a group campaigning to uphold the repeal of the death penalty rejects the conclusions of a recent public opinion poll.
A poll commissioned by Nebraskans for the Death Penalty indicates 2-to-1 support for capital punishment in Nebraska. Global Marketing Research Services of Melbourne, Florida took a survey of 600 likely Nebraska voters in early August. The survey asked four questions centered on the Unicameral’s approval of LB 268, which repealed the death penalty in Nebraska.
Retain A Just Nebraska has mounted a campaign to uphold the action of the Unicameral in the 2015 legislative session.
Spokesman Dan Parsons rejects the conclusion of the poll, claiming it is not accurate.
“Well, the poll is not accurate in the sense that they only asked half the question,” Parsons tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They did not ask the question that Nebraskans will be asked on November 8th and that is, should we replace the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole? That’s the question that will be on the ballot and they didn’t ask that question.”
Parsons insists than when the alternative to the death penalty, life without parole, is included, Nebraskans are more inclined to be against the death penalty.
“Historically, across the country, and polling that we have access to indicates that that question is, at best, a toss-up and in many of those polls, it goes to our favor.”
Additionally, Parsons says it is too early to get a read on how Nebraskans will vote.
“Let’s keep in mind that Nebraskans are just now starting to focus on this issue,” according to Parsons. “Nebraskans haven’t thought about this issue, haven’t been asked to think about this issue, for a long, long time. We have not had an execution in this state for almost 20 years and so, death penalty cases have not been front and center on people’s minds.”
Voters will be asked in November whether to retain LB 268 which eliminated capital punishment in Nebraska, or repeal it.