July 21, 2013

Poll Watch: Viewpoint Florida Survey on the George Zimmerman Trial

Viewpoint Florida Poll on the George Zimmerman Trial

Do you think that George Zimmerman should have been found guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, or do you think that the jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict was correct?

  • Not guilty verdict was correct 56%
  • Should have been found guilty 38%

Among Whites

  • Not guilty verdict was correct 68%
  • Should have been found guilty 24%

Among Blacks

  • Not guilty verdict was correct 7%
  • Should have been found guilty 91%

Among Republicans

  • Not guilty verdict was correct 79%
  • Should have been found guilty 17%

Among Democrats

  • Not guilty verdict was correct 29%
  • Should have been found guilty 63%

Now that George Zimmerman’s trial is over, there has been some discussion of Zimmerman facing federal hate crime charges. Generally speaking, do you think that George Zimmerman should be charged for a hate crime?

  • Should face federal hate crime charges 30%
  • Should not face federal hate crime charges 63%

Among Whites

  • Should face federal hate crime charges 18%
  • Should not face federal hate crime charges 76%

Among Blacks 

  • Should face federal hate crime charges 76%
  • Should not face federal hate crime charges 9%

Among Republicans

  • Should face federal hate crime charges 13%
  • Should not face federal hate crime charges 84%

Among Democrats

  • Should face federal hate crime charges 52%
  • Should not face federal hate crime charges 38%

Which of the following statements best describes the George Zimmerman case to you? This was a clear act of racially motivated violence, this was an act of murder but not racially motivated, or was it a justified act of self-­defense?

  • Act of self­?defense 53%
  • Act of racially motivated discrimination 27%
  • Act of murder without racial motivation 13%

Among Whites

  • Act of self­?defense 63%
  • Act of racially motivated discrimination 16%
  • Act of murder without racial motivation 11%

Among Blacks 

  • Act of self­?defense 7%
  • Act of racially motivated discrimination 72%
  • Act of murder without racial motivation 18%

Among Republicans

  • Act of self­?defense 75%
  • Act of racially motivated discrimination 11%
  • Act of murder without racial motivation 8%

Among Democrats

  • Act of self­?defense 30%
  • Act of racially motivated discrimination 48%
  • Act of murder without racial motivation 16%

Which of the following statements best describes your views on Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law? The Stand Your Ground Law is fine the way it is, The Stand Your Ground Law should be changed and restricted, or The Stand Your Ground Law should be removed entirely.

  • Fine the way it is 50% 
  • Should be changed and restricted 31%
  • Should be removed entirely 13% 

Among Whites

  • Fine the way it is 60% 
  • Should be changed and restricted 25%
  • Should be removed entirely 10%

Among Blacks 

  • Fine the way it is 15% 
  • Should be changed and restricted 56%
  • Should be removed entirely 25%

Among Republicans

  • Fine the way it is 72% 
  • Should be changed and restricted 16%
  • Should be removed entirely 6%

Among Democrats

  • Fine the way it is 27% 
  • Should be changed and restricted 47%
  • Should be removed entirely 22%

In your opinion, have race relations in the United States gotten better or worse since Barack Obama took office almost 5 years ago, or have they stayed about the same? 

  • Gotten better 10%
  • Gotten worse 53%
  • Stayed about the same 35%

Among Whites

  • Gotten better 10%
  • Gotten worse 56%
  • Stayed about the same 32%

Among Blacks 

  • Gotten better 12%
  • Gotten worse 38%
  • Stayed about the same 45%

Among Republicans

  • Gotten better 4%
  • Gotten worse 70%
  • Stayed about the same 24%

Among Democrats

  • Gotten better 17%
  • Gotten worse 35%
  • Stayed about the same 45%

Survey of 900 registered Florida voters was conducted July 18, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3.27 percentage points. Party ID: 42% Democrat; 39% Republican; 18% Independent/Other. Gender: 56% Female; 44% Male. Race: 71% White; 15% Black; 10% Hispanic; 5% Other. Click here to view crosstabs.

-Data compilation and analysis courtesy of The Argo Journal

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17 Responses to “Poll Watch: Viewpoint Florida Survey on the George Zimmerman Trial”

  1. Thomas Alan Says:

    Who should be having the honest discussion about race again?

  2. mac Says:

    Here’s an interesting read from the Tampa Tribune.

    Sean Trende quotes:
    “What motivates Hispanic voters isn’t all that different from what motivates white voters” – jobs, the economy, education. They lean Democratic mainly because they’re poorer than whites, but as their socioeconomic standing improves, he says, they’ll become more Republican.

    His prescription for the GOP: “A healthy dose of economic populism” to cement ties to working-class whites, “jettisoning the pro-big business, Wall Street-style conservatism that characterized the Romney campaign,” and being “more ‘America-first’ on trade, immigration and foreign policy.”

    http://tbo.com/news/politics/gop-looks-for-its-racial-identity-20130720/

  3. mac Says:

    And, to share what’s sure to be another popular opinion of mine here among my fellow R416 commenters:

    Without mentioning his name, Trende and Al Cardenas agree that Huckabee could’ve won in 2012 and could win in 2016. His economic populism and friendly demeanor appeal to voters accross racial/ethnic divides.

  4. no newt Says:

    as i said before we are just Lebanon papered over by pop/consumer culture holding it all together

  5. eric Says:

    3 Huck isn’t my guy and I’m not even sure I would belong in a party of socons and “America first” on trade, but I do think he (or his ilk) is the way forward for this version of the GOP. Mainly because we used to call economic populist, business-demonizing trade-barrier types “democrats”.

  6. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    Herd mentality on display, folks.

  7. Matthew Kilburn Says:

    “His prescription for the GOP: “A healthy dose of economic populism” to cement ties to working-class whites, jettisoning the pro-big business, Wall Street-style conservatism that characterized the Romney campaign”

    AKA Redistributionist b***s***. Romney was the only one truly calling out China, and took the hard line against illegal immigration. It appears he wants the GOP to jump on board with allowing uncle sam to raid and pillage the incomes of high-earning americans.

  8. Enrique Says:

    Democrats NEED the races to hate each other.

    Disgusting.

  9. Spud Says:

    This poll is depressing, but it makes clear how many and who can be easily manipulated emotionally regardless of facts. Sigh.

    @7: nonsense

  10. Enrique Says:

    9

    That is why Christie is the answer. He can destroy stupid liberal narratives and appeal to people emotionally.

    Compare Romney, who could not emotionally appeal to anyone except the upper-class.

    Besides Christie, Rubio is the only other guy that can emotionally appeal to people.

  11. Enrique Says:

    And by the way, Christie just got an endorsement of inner city black religious leaders.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0_4UKZ65J8

  12. Enrique Says:

    Amendment to #10. Huckabee could also possibly appeal to people emotionally.

    Other than Christie, Rubio, and Huckabee, that’s it.

  13. Hunter Says:

    Besides conservative websites like this one, where’s the evidence that Rubio is great at “appealing to people emotionally”? This seems like wishful thinking more than anything else.

  14. Thomas Alan Says:

    13:

    Not much evidence really. Rubio has mostly been a huge bundle of hope and change within the GOP.

  15. Matthew Kilburn Says:

    “He can destroy stupid liberal narratives”

    When he isn’t hanging off Obama’s arm – literally.

    “Amendment to #10. Huckabee could also possibly appeal to people emotionally.”

    Problem is, Huckabee falls into that economic-populist-government-spending trap.

  16. Fredo Says:

    13 & 14.

    I think he has appeal in speaking to GOP voters, and has demonstrated an ability to do it in a long-form speech (plenty of examples), and extemporaneously (as with his many Q&As with the radio guys). He manages to have detailed information, but can also provide good color around a position (anecdotal stuff), and usually manages to do all that while staying on message. On MSM showings, he’s generally confident and unflappable even with a hostile questioner. These are skills that we can’t take for granted (see several of the failed GOP candidates in the last 2 cycles), and I’d say he’s in the upper handful of GOP possibles in this regard.

    But to say that he means he can “appeal to people emotionally,” as in beyond the politically aware right, is a bit of stretch. He has potential, but if you were to compare his intro speech on the last night of the RNC to WJC’s in support of Obama, well…you get the idea.

    Now, we’re not getting a candidate with WJC’s “I feel your pain” quotient–no matter what–but it’s hardly a sure thing to say Marco will resonate with people on a visceral level, especially those who may be independent or Reagan Dems.

  17. Lydia Radden Says:

    You should have asked how many feel O.J.Simpson was guilty or innocent and was that a fair trial…? I like to see response from both whites and blacks, as well as politically…Republican vs Democrat on whether he was guilty or innocent and did the jury get it right…..You’ll see a real racial divide, also a hypocrisy among blacks….

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