Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict by Race

A recent article on reported on a Pew Research Center survey of 1,480 American adults about their opinion of the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida. Overall, 42% of respondents said they are dissatisfied with Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, compared with 39% who said they are satisfied, and 19% who offered no opinion. About half (52%) said the issue of race is getting too much attention in the aftermath of the trial, while 36% think the case is generating a necessary discussion about race. 

The differences between Black and White Americans  was also reported. Blacks are dissatisfied with the verdict by a staggering 86% compared with 5% who said that they were satisfied and 78% said the case raises important questions about race. Among Whites, 49% are satisfied with the trial's outcome, compared with 30% who are dissatisfied, and 60% said the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.

Sue Hodge

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