A recent Alabama opinion poll found that less than half of those
surveyed believe Alabama's death penalty is applied fairly and 57% of
respondents support a temporary halt to executions in the state until
questions about fairness and reliability are studied. In other
findings, 96% of those surveyed support the use of DNA in cases where
it might prove guilt or innocence and 62% said they would be more
likely to vote for a candidate who supported suspension of the death
penalty until questions about the use of DNA testing have been answered.
evidence of unfairness surrounding the administration of the death
penalty is so overwhelming that it's not surprising that more folks are
acknowledging it," said Bryan Stevenson, Director of the Equal Justice
Initiative in Montgomery.
The statewide poll was conducted in
July 2005 by Capital Survey Research Center, the polling arm of the
Alabama Education Association. (Associated Press, July 29, 2005). See Public Opinion and Innocence.