The ballot measure to repeal California’s death penalty and replace it with life without parole appears to be gaining ground, according to the latest Field Poll.
For the first time, supporters of Proposition 34 outnumber opponents, 45 percent to 38 percent.
But a fairly large portion, 17 percent, are undecided.
Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo says voters seem persuaded by the argument that the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison.
“Back in 1989, voters by a 2-1 margin felt that it was cheaper to implement the death penalty than to house somebody in prison for life,” he said. “Now, more voters — by a 5-3 margin — think its actually cheaper to house prisoners for life.”
The Field Poll shows support is strongest in the Bay Area.