77% Favor Mandatory Prison Sentences and GPS Monitoring for Sexual Predators Targeting Children

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Americans say sex offenders who prey on children should serve 25 years to life in prison and be electronically monitored for life for committing a sexual assault against children who are 13 years of age or younger, according to a new national survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. Just 15% oppose such penalties. Another 8% aren't sure.

"Each year, thousands of children fall prey to sexual offenders so it's not surprising that Americans overwhelmingly favor tougher sentences as called for in "Jessica's Law" which is now the standard in 44 states. Americans are tired of reading about another abducted or murdered child at the hands of a repeat sex offender. They're ready for tough sanctions against those who sexually assault our children," said Stacie Rumenap, president of Stop Child Predators.

When asked about sex offenders serving 25-year prison sentences for committing a sexual assault against a child 13 years of age and younger, 71% agree. Just 17% disagree, and 12% are undecided.

Similarly, 83% of adults agree that as a condition of release from prison, sex offenders should be permanently monitored by electronic devices. Nine percent (9%) disagree, and 8% are undecided.

Men (87%) believe more strongly than women (73%) that sex offenders should serve prison sentences of 25 years to life and face lifetime monitoring restrictions for the sexual assault on a child 13 years of age and younger.

The law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year old girl who was abducted, raped, and murdered in Florida in 2005 by a twice-convicted sex offender. The law requires mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years to life and lifetime electronic monitoring for convicted sex offenders.

The survey was conducted February 22-23, 2011 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. One thousand registered voters were interviewed nationally by telephone. The margin of sampling error is no more than plus or minus 3.2 percent. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the country.

Contact Stacie Rumenap at info@stopchildpredators.org for the full survey information or with other questions regarding the survey.