Poll: More than half of New Mexicans support death penalty revival

New Mexico death penalty
New Mexico death penalty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new poll shows more than half of New Mexicans want to bring back the death penalty.

This comes just a week after Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s going to push to undo the death penalty ban at the next legislative session.

The poll comes in the wake of some highly publicized murders, and it shows voters may want ta return of the death penalty.

The poll, done by Public Policy Polling for the New Mexico Political Report, found that 59 percent support the governor’s proposal to bring back the death penalty. Meanwhile, 34 percent oppose it and 8 percent haven’t made up their minds. About 1,100 registered voters took part in the poll.

Albuquerque residents who KRQE News 13 spoke with appear split on the issue.

“The death penalty gives the state the opportunity to get revenge on a perpetrator that we can’t do ourselves, but I support Susana and you won’t hear me say that often,” said Zach Anaya.

“It’s a terrible thing. We should not make decisions like that about other peoples’ lives,” said Lyn Berner.

The push from the governor comes after the latest killing of a New Mexico police officer — the third in a little more than a year.

The governor has made it clear that she thinks people who murder police officers or children deserve “the ultimate punishment.”

New Mexico is now one of 19 states without capital punishment. The state still has two people on death row from before the death penalty was abolished in 2009. New Mexico hasn’t executed anyone since 2001.

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