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Questions - Zimmerman Trial - July 15-16, 2013

48% Agree with Zimmerman Verdict, 34% Disagree
21% Think Justice Department Should Charge Zimmerman With a Hate Crime
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National Survey of 1,000 American Adults

Conducted July 15-16, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the George Zimmerman trial in Florida?

2* On Saturday, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Do you agree or disagree with the jury’s verdict?

3* From what you know, were Zimmerman’s actions that led to the death of Trayvon Martin motivated primarily by racism or primarily by a concern about burglaries in the neighborhood?

4* Now that Zimmerman has been found NOT guilty of murder, should the U.S. Justice Department charge Zimmerman with a hate crime for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin?

5* How would you rate the media coverage of the Zimmerman trial – excellent, good, fair, poor?

6* Whom do you trust more to determine the guilt or innocence of someone accused of criminal behavior—a judge or a jury?

7* Is it possible for an all-white jury to fairly decide a case involving the shooting death of a black man?

8* Should volunteer community watch officers be allowed to carry a gun while on duty?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence