19 July 2018 :
NPI poll finds 69% of Washingtonians favor life in prison alternatives to the death penalty. An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians would rather send convicted murderers to prison for life than execute them, a recent poll commissioned by the Northwest Progressive Institute has found. A total of 69% of respondents surveyed said they preferred 1 of 3 life in prison alternatives to just 24% who said they preferred the death penalty. 8% said they were not sure. Of the following list of choices, which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: life in prison with NO possibility of parole, life in prison with NO possibility of parole and a requirement to work in prison and pay restitution to the victims, life in prison with a possibility of parole after at least forty years, or the death penalty? Prefer Life In Prison ... (69% total); ... With No Possibility Of Parole: 10%; ... With No Possibility Of Parole And A Requirement To Work in Prison And Pay Restitution To The Victims: 46%; ... With A Possibility Of Parole After At Least 40 Years: 13%; Prefer The Death Penalty: 24%; Not Sure: 8%. The survey of 675 likely 2018 Washington State voters was in the field May 22nd-23rd, 2018. The survey used a blended methodology with automated phone calls to landlines and online interviews of cell phone only respondents. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling for NPI, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.8% at the 95% confidence level.