Poll shows strong Colo. support for death penalty

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DENVER (AP) -- A new poll suggests Colorado voters strongly support the death penalty but are evenly split over whether Gov. John Hickenlooper deserves re-election.

The Quinnipiac University poll says more than two-thirds of Colorado voters think the death penalty should stay on the books. Just 24 percent want it abolished.

Hickenlooper last month indefinitely suspended the death sentence of Nathan Dunlap. Dunlap killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in 1993 and was scheduled to be executed in August.

Republicans were fiercely critical of the decision. The poll said it was opposed by 67 percent of voters. The survey also suggested Hickenlooper is neck-and-neck with his possible Republican challengers in next year's gubernatorial race.

The poll of 1,065 registered voters was taken from June 5 - 11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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