How America Feels About the George Zimmerman 'Not Guilty' Verdict by Race, Party, and Gender

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The question was simple: "Do you approve or disapprove of the jury's verdict last week finding [George] Zimmerman not guilty in [Trayvon] Martin's death?"

The answers given in the Washington Post/ABC News poll divided Americans along just about every line possible. A random selection of 1,200 adults showed that race, sex, and party were all strong indicators of how one felt about the controversial case.

The starkest difference, unsurprisingly, was between African American and White respondents. Only 9 percent of African Americans approved, while 86 percent disapproved of the result of the trial. 51 percent of Whites, meanwhile, approved, while 31 percent disapproved. Hispanic respondents approved 24 percent and disapproved 50 percent of the time.

Gender also proved a significant factor in determining responses: 47 percent of men polled approved of the verdict and 33 percent disapproved. Women were less favorable, with 35 percent approving, and 48 percent disapproving.

Respondents also split largely along party lines. Democrats approved of the verdict at a rate of 22 percent and disapproved 62 percent of the time. Republicans viewed the verdict much more favorably, with an approval rate of 65 percent and disapproval rate of 20 percent.


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