A new poll released by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Florida Center for Capital Representation at FIU College of Law say voters prefer different versions of a life sentence with no possibility for parole over the death penalty.
The poll was taken as the controversy surrounding Orange Osceola County Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision not to seek the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd case or any other case continues.
When asked the question about a life sentence with restitution for families, life with parole after 40 years, life with not parole, or the Death penalty; 33% said life with restitution while 31% chose the death penalty. There were 17% in favor of life with no possibility of parole and 12% for a possibility for parole after 40 years. There were 7% of voters asked that were unsure.
The majority of voters questioned were Democrat with 47%, followed by Republicans at 31% and Independents at 22%. Most of the voters were also Caucasian with 57% of the vote, African-American voters were at 20% followed by Latino voters at 14%.
“These results clearly show that Orange and Osceola voters strongly prefer life sentences over the death penalty,” said Kenneth B. Nunn, a professor of law at University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. “State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s position on the death penalty is very much in line with the position of her constituents.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott has removed Ayala from the Loyd case and 21 other first degree murder cases. State lawmakers are also attempting to pull funds from the Orange-Osceola County State Attorney following the decision.
The poll was taken between the 5th and 7th of April with 567 participants. The margin of error was +/- 4.1%