"Death penalty popular, but still must clear constitutional challenges," is the editorial published in today's Tulsa World.
A strong majority of Oklahomans are comfortable with the death penalty. That’s the clear evidence of the latest Oklahoma Poll.
A scientific telephone poll of 393 likely voters conducted by SoonerPoll.com June 4-12 found that nearly three-quarters of those surveyed favored the death penalty for those convicted of murder.
Only about 12 percent said they “strongly oppose” the death penalty. More than three times as many said they think the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime.
The Lockett execution puts Oklahoma’s ability to meet both of those tests in question. The answer will come not from polling results, but from a series of inevitable court challenges, which we predict will take time and money, and which we further predict will frustrate the strong majority of capital punishment supporters in the state.
Earlier coverage of Oklahoma's botched execution begins at the link.