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Apr 6, 2012 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

“51% Of Blacks Say Zimmerman “Definitely Guilty”, Only 11% Of Non-Blacks Agree. U.S. public opinion about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida reflects the same type of racial divide found in 1995.”

Excerpted from Gallup: Excerpted from Gallup:Blacks, Non-blacks Hold Sharply Different Views of Martin Case – Blacks more likely to believe race is a major factor

by Frank Newport

Black Americans’ views differ dramatically from those of nonblacks regarding the circumstances involved in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. Blacks are paying much closer attention to the news of the incident; overwhelmingly believe that George Zimmerman, the individual who shot Martin, is guilty of a crime; believe that racial bias was a major factor in the events leading up to the shooting; and believe that Zimmerman would already have been arrested had the victim been white, not black.

These results are from an April 2-4 USA Today/Gallup poll of 3,006 Americans, including 242 blacks, conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

Blacks More Sure That Zimmerman Is Guilty, Racial Bias a Factor

Blacks are much more likely than nonblacks to have an opinion about Zimmerman’s guilt. Overall, 72% of blacks say Zimmerman is definitely or probably guilty of a crime; 1% say he is not. Nonblacks also say Zimmerman is guilty, by 32% to 7%, but well over half of nonblacks say Zimmerman’s guilt is unclear from the available information.

Blacks are more certain about their opinions than are nonblacks. Blacks who say Zimmerman is guilty of a crime are significantly more likely to say he is definitely guilty than probably guilty, while nonblacks tilt more toward the “probably guilty” choice.

Additionally, 72% of blacks say racial bias was a major factor in the events that led up to the shooting death of Martin, with another 13% saying it was a minor factor. Nonblacks, on the other hand, are significantly less certain, with 31% saying racial bias was a major factor, 26% saying it was a minor factor, and 25% saying it was not a factor at all.

Blacks Say Zimmerman Would Have Been Arrested if Victim Had Been White

A final question included in the poll asked if Zimmerman would have been arrested under the same circumstances if the person he shot was white.

Consistent with the widespread view among blacks that racial bias was a factor in the events surrounding the shooting, blacks overwhelmingly (73%) say Zimmerman would have been arrested had the victim been white. Nonblacks, on the other hand, tilt toward the view that race did not make a difference in the Zimmerman situation (49%), with 35% saying he would have arrested had the victim been white.


U.S. public opinion about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida reflects the same type of racial divide found in 1995 surveys asking about the murder trial of O.J. Simpson in Los Angeles.

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  1. hellbetty says:

     The article says that blacks are following this case very closely in the news. If that’s true, then their minds were made up as soon as they saw the first story.
      I thought Zimmerman was guilty and incredibly stupid when I first heard about it. Then I found out that the media was doing there best to stir up a hornet’s nest. First by showing pictures of Trayvon when he was 13 or 14. They left out the part where Trayvon was beating the crap out of Zimmerman. They said Zimmerman called him a fucking coon, then it came out that he actually said it was fucking cold. I could go on for paragraphs, but the point is the media has been very misleading and according to these polls, the majority of the black community doesn’t care. They want blood.
     As I’ve said before, if it was a clear cut case of murder, Zimmerman would be in jail. The days of looking the other way when blacks are killed because they’re black are over. It’s 2012.

  2. Tina Ferrer says:

    IMO the media is orchestrating a race war along with this administration and the history books will reflect as much. The chapters are already being written literally. The problem with this is that the media and those they support don’t truly understand how a revolution works as they continue to fabricate news in this twisted and sick way. I’ve had enough of this so open the floodgates just a tad more NBC, ABC and CBS. Go ahead and let’s get this dance started and over with.

  3. Bobby E. says:

    Wow, how about that? No longer any need for due process … all we have to do is let blacks vote thumbs up or thumbs down. You want to do away with the courts and go to street justice, then by all means do itl. Street justice will work both ways.

  4. Bobby E. says:

    It’s becoming patently obvious.

  5. YERMOM182 says:

    Funny how that works.

  6. YERMOM182 says:

    It’s sad how people can’t understand Innocent Until Proven Guilty….

    it’s a founding principle for fuck’s sake.

    Come on people read a book. Free your Mind

  7. Shavaun66 says:

    Fucking Cold

  8. Skeena73 says:

    Yup 51% say Zimmerman is guilty, But it’s a funny thing 99% say OJ is innocent including them stupid fucks on thr jury. How can anyone leave DNA at a muder scene and be innocent?

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