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Among Republicans, 78 percent favor the death penalty, compared with 52 percent of Democrats.

The survey of 1,011 adults was conducted Oct. 3-5, with a margin of error of three percentage points.

The highest individual measure of public support for the death penalty in Gallup’s records is 80 percent, recorded 14 years ago in September 1994.

That’s a plan

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, sent a letter Monday to the Treasury Department requesting that it give him the $700 billion appropriated by Congress for the economic-rescue plan.

Mr. Norquist, an influential inside-the-Beltway figure, said he would use the money to implement a set of tax cuts, blogs The Washington Times reporter Jon Ward.

“I write today to formally request $700 billion from the TARP Capital Purchase Program. Since unionized auto companies, state and local governments, and certain credit card companies are applying, I thought I should, as well,” Mr. Norquist wrote to Neel Kashkari, the Treasury official overseeing the enormous fund.

Mr. Norquist said he had downloaded a two-page application form to request funds from the Treasury Web site, treas.gov.

“I have a plan for this $700 billion, which should be just what’s needed to get the American economy going. Since the money came from the taxpayers in the first place, I propose giving it back to them,” Mr. Norquist said.

Roving Rove

A small aside in a New York Times interview Sunday: former White House adviser Karl Rove, on Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., that could explain all:

“He has an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.”

Ron run

Paulites, heads up. Rep. Ron Paul is open to running again for president four years from now. The Texas Republican has yet to give up on the White House.

We’ll know in six months whether Mr. Paul will throw his Steson in the ring again.

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