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40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 05/22/2012 | Rasmussen

Posted on 05/22/2012 7:48:28 AM PDT by Ken H

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of American Adults still believe the man who shot Martin should be found guilty of murder. But that’s down from 33% in late March when the case first began to draw national headlines and 30% in early April.

Forty percent (40%) now think George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second degree murder in the Martin shooting, acted in self-defense. That’s up 25 points from 15% in March and up 16 points from 24% last month. Thirty-six percent (36%) remain undecided, compared to 55% two months ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; georgezimmerman; media; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 05/22/2012 7:48:32 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

The headline sounds like Martin shot Zimmerman in self defense.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 7:51:24 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Ken H

Kinda tells me that 24% of the people aren’t current on the evidence.


3 posted on 05/22/2012 7:51:56 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Ken H

The braindead 24%? Rabid anti-gun liberals and Blacks.


4 posted on 05/22/2012 7:52:51 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: econjack

Coincidence that somewhere around 21% of Americans self identify as liberal?


5 posted on 05/22/2012 7:53:50 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Terry Mross

Yeah, that’s what happens when they leave out a key part of speech...like WAS shot.

Which would’ve been ok, IF Zimmerman had been the subject instead of Trayvon.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 7:57:08 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; abb

fyi


7 posted on 05/22/2012 7:57:11 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: econjack

Kinda tells me that 24% of the people aren’t current on the evidence.

24% are the loons that will vote for Obama again and several times if necessary. The mentality is ingrained and not subject to change. That mentality is what “convicted” Zimmerman before trial in the first place. They are Jessie and Al brain dead followers.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 7:58:40 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Ken H

24% are Obama voters. That bodes well for November.


9 posted on 05/22/2012 8:01:01 AM PDT by bgill
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To: econjack

Scroll through the rest of the Rasmussen website and click on the Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

You’l find that the number of likely voters who “Strongly Approve” of Obamugabe is around 24%.

This is NOT a coincidence.


10 posted on 05/22/2012 8:01:16 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Ken H

I bet, the 99% of the “24%” are... not White.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 8:04:58 AM PDT by Righting (9)
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To: Ken H
40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder

So.... if the self-defense position gets to 51% we set him free, and if the murder position gets to 51%, we hang him, is that how it works?

12 posted on 05/22/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Ken H

They took a poll down on my local Central Florida News 13 site because 90% were polling charges should be DROPPED!

Everyone is on to them!


13 posted on 05/22/2012 8:10:44 AM PDT by poobear
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To: Ken H
As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer [ victim ] acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.

There.

14 posted on 05/22/2012 8:10:54 AM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Righting

Not even “White Hispanics”.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: econjack
Kinda tells me that 24% of the people aren’t current on the evidence.

They don't care about the evidence.

16 posted on 05/22/2012 8:11:42 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Ken H
As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer [ victim ] acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.

There.
Fixed it for some nitwit headline writer.

17 posted on 05/22/2012 8:11:48 AM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Bitsy

Even if they were “current on the evidence”,
they would still have the same opinion.

The victimhood mentality is generationally engrained.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 8:12:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Ken H
As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager [Hoodie Punk] Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer [ victim ] acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.

There.
Fixed it for some nitwit headline writer.

19 posted on 05/22/2012 8:13:51 AM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Ken H

What a disgrace ,Zimmerman never should have been arrested if the all the evidence was reported truthfully.
Our media caused all this right from the beginning.
Now send the police after the “Black Panthers” who put out their wanted poster statements.
A$$holes ??????????????


20 posted on 05/22/2012 8:16:27 AM PDT by chatham
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To: Ken H

The polls say ... self defense over murder.

Next, a reality series on TV.

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21 posted on 05/22/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Ken H

Zimmerman only needs 8.3% of the jury to get a hung jury. So, if the current opinion is 40%, I’d say he’s in pretty good shape.


22 posted on 05/22/2012 8:36:08 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Ken H
Only 40% think self defense? Guess the rest are idiots. (Wish I could really say what I think)
23 posted on 05/22/2012 8:36:21 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: MrB

Yep. You can see it in certain sections of New Orleans which is 60% black. Forever victims. Forever Obamaites.


24 posted on 05/22/2012 8:39:39 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Ken H

So does this figure mean that he can start a lawsuit for defamation ... make that lawsuitS.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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To: Bitsy

24% are likely to say that they don’t believe ANYTHING the media say, for whichever side. These folks may wait for the verdict and hope the media at least get THAT right.

I tend toward a valid self-defense claim, but my source is the news, and who can be trusted there?


26 posted on 05/22/2012 8:47:22 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: NCLaw441

Oops. Sorry, my point still stands, but I am talking about the 36% who apparently have no position yet. The 24% are pretty whacked out, given that they give the media some credability and yet find a way to think that the self-defense claim has no merit.

Sorry again.


27 posted on 05/22/2012 8:50:00 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Ken H

This is a terrible way to determine guilt.


28 posted on 05/22/2012 8:51:04 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: chatham
What a disgrace ,Zimmerman never should have been arrested if the all the evidence was reported truthfully.

If you recall... he wasn't. It was only after the Media began to agitate on behalf of... who? That's what I'd like to know. Who got a hold of this local Florida story and began blasting misinformation with national Media outlets?

29 posted on 05/22/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Ken H

Of the 24% who think it was “Murder”, 95% are black (same as % that voted for The Messiah)


30 posted on 05/22/2012 9:21:04 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Righting

“I bet, the 99% of the “24%” are... not White.”

I think you would be wrong. To many “White” fools out there.


31 posted on 05/22/2012 9:50:21 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: econjack

“Kinda tells me that 24% of the people aren’t current on the evidence.”

12% Black. 12% Stupid. Oh wait, it’s really 24% Stupid and Racist.


32 posted on 05/22/2012 9:51:49 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Ken H

Hasn’t been a robbery in the neighborhood since Tray’s death.


33 posted on 05/22/2012 10:00:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
Hasn’t been a robbery in the neighborhood since Tray’s death.

Either way, more guns, less crime.
34 posted on 05/22/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: econjack

Kinda tells me 64% trust the media too much.


35 posted on 05/22/2012 10:05:31 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Ken H
Thirty-six percent (36%) remain undecided

Wrong. 36% are too worried that giving the wrong answer will brand them a racist.

36 posted on 05/22/2012 10:24:48 AM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: trebb
They don't care about the evidence.

they didn't care about in the OJ trial either back in the 90s
37 posted on 05/22/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: poobear

How about a new poll:

“Should Angela Corey be investigated by the Florida Bar for ethics violations?”


38 posted on 05/22/2012 10:51:28 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: econjack

Well, half that 24% are blacks, they will cry “murder” no matter what evidence there is. So, really, it’s only 12% of America that is functionally retarded.


39 posted on 05/22/2012 11:27:47 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Izzy Dunne

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40 posted on 05/22/2012 11:30:19 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: longtermmemmory

It will never happen. She’s too fugley AND liberal.


41 posted on 05/22/2012 12:54:34 PM PDT by poobear
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To: Ken H

>>Interestingly, 47% of black adults still feel Zimmerman should be found guilty of murdering the black teenager, compared to 55% in March. Now nearly as many blacks (40%) think Zimmerman acted in self-defense<<


42 posted on 05/22/2012 2:58:31 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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