Poll: Country Evenly Divided on Zimmerman Verdict

by John Fund

A new poll shows the country split right down the middle on the George Zimmerman acquittal. The Washington Post/ABC News poll found 41 percent of those surveyed approve of the verdict, with an equal number in opposition.

There are clear divisions. A full 86 percent of African Americans dislike the verdict; 51 percent of whites approved of it.

Sixty-two percent of Democrats disapproved of Zimmerman’s acquittal, while 65 percent of Republicans approved.

On some issues, common sense is prevailing: A new Pew poll found that, by 52 percent to 36 percent, the poll’s respondents said race was dominating the case more than it should. By a 46–39 margin, the Post found people didn’t think the Obama Justice Department should file civil-rights charges against Zimmerman.

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