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New polls: Zimmerman verdict divides Americans along racial lines

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 1:11 a.m. MDT

George Zimmerman arrives in circuit court for his trial, along with co-counsel Don West, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman is charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank) (Joe Burbank, AP) George Zimmerman arrives in circuit court for his trial, along with co-counsel Don West, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman is charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank) (Joe Burbank, AP)

Forty-nine percent of white Americans are satisfied that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all criminal charges related to the death of Trayvon Martin, according to new polling the Pew Research Center released Monday.

For Hispanics, that approval rate drops to 25 percent.

And for blacks, only 5 percent are satisfied with the Zimmerman trial’s outcome.

“By an 86 percent to 5 percent margin, blacks are dissatisfied with Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin,” the Pew Research Center reported. “And nearly eight-in-10 blacks (78 percent) say the case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed. Among whites, more are satisfied (49 percent) than dissatisfied (30 percent) with the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Just 28 percent of whites say the case raises important issues about race, while twice as many (60 percent) say the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.”

Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA demonstrate outside the Seminole County Courthouse during the first day of trial for George Zimmerman, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, AP) Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA demonstrate outside the Seminole County Courthouse during the first day of trial for George Zimmerman, Monday, June 10, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, AP)

In similar polling also released Monday, Gallup asked Americans whether they think the Zimmerman verdict was right or wrong. “An overwhelming 85 percent of blacks say the verdict in this case was wrong,” Frank Newport wrote Monday for Gallup. “A majority of whites (54 percent), on the other hand, say the verdict was right.”

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