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Poll: Republicans like George Zimmerman more than President Obama. Independents not far behind

@MarcACaputo

Fox News just released a nationwide poll that reflects many others by finding voters are unhappy with the economy and want Obamacare repealed.

But what's truly eye-opening are the comparisons of partisan opinions of President Barack Obama and George Zimmerman, who was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for shooting unarmed Miami Gardens 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

Republicans have a more-favorable opinion of Zimmerman, a figure of sympathy to a number of conservatives, than Obama. That's right: The Democratic occupant of the White House is held in less favorable regard by Republicans than the guy who shot an unarmed teenager and successfully pleaded self-defense.

Specifically: Republicans are two-and-a-half times more-likely to have a favorable opinion of Zimmerman than Obama. And they're almost three-times more likely to have an unfavorable opinion of Obama than Zimmerman.

Republicans, with independents siding more with them, also agree with the verdict more than Democrats (who disagree with it). There's also a clear racial divide, with blacks disagreeing most-strongly with the verdict than whites. African-Americans are more likely to see race as a major factor in the case.

Asked for whether they rate these people as favorable or unfavorable, here's how GOP respondents answered the pollster:

Obama: 18-79% favorable-unfavorable

Zimmerman: 45-27% fav-unfav

But independents aren't far behind Republicans.

Among them, Zimmerman's fav-unfav: 28-34%. Obama: 30-60. So while independents narrowly liked Obama more, they disliked him by an even greater margin.

Overall, Obama beat out Zimmerman with a 50-46% rating for the president, thanks to strong Democratic support (88-11%). Overall, Zimmerman's fav-unfav is 28-43%, due largely to extreme Democratic dislike (his fav-unfav among them: 14-64%).

This fav-unfav question, incidentally, is an apples-to-apples question. Earlier in the poll, respondents were asked to rate their approval or disapproval of the president's job performance. The overall numbers: 46-47%. (Dem: 84-12%. GOP: 14-82%. Ind: 25-60%).

The other Zimmerman-trial questions exposed also exposed a partisan divide. There's an even bigger racial gap as well.

The verdict, agree-disagree?
Overall: 49-40
Dem: 26-64.
Rep: 73-18.
Ind: 57-29.
White: 56-31.
Black: 10-87

Was race the single-most important factor, one of several important factors or not an important factor?

Overall: 19-34-36
Dem: 36-36-23
Rep: 8-31-51
Ind: 9-35-41
White: 14-36-39
Black 54-28-12

Bring civil rights charges, yes-no?
Overall 28-66
Dem: 48-47
Rep: 14-82
Ind: 15-76
White: 20-74
Black: 77-22

 

 

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Repubtallygirl

For the record, Zimmerman is a registered Democrat who voted for Obama.

Mikado Cat

If you talk to people you will find they agree on most principles in the case, but have been told different versions of all of the key events of the case. There are about a dozen key events, start with one that is easy to verify.

Zimmerman is not told to stay in his truck.

A non sworn dispatch operator, not a police officer, asks Zimmerman which way Trayvon runs, Zimmerman gets out of his truck and runs to a grassy area to see if he can tell if Trayvon is running out the rear entrance. Dispatch hears him running, wind noise and breathing, and says "we don't need you to do that". Zimmerman says OK and stops.

It takes five minutes to find the unedited recording and listen to the full thing.

Once we all use the same faces the verdict makes sense.

Lisl

"It takes five minutes to find the unedited recording and listen to the full thing."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin under "shooting and investigation"

Anyone can listen and clearly hear what dispatcher told Zim, that is if they CHOOSE truth over propaganda and mob mentality.

Mikado Cat

Direct link to audio file in ogg something.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trayvon_Martin_Shooting_Call1.ogg

Redundant

Zimmerman could have used his head but painted himself into a corner and had to use his gun. He is not a folk hero.

Fire

Some think George Zimmerman is a folk hero, he did good watching over his neighborhood as neighborhood watchman. He did good protecting his life and he did good helping this family with rolled over car while on fire. The jury in a court of law found George Not Guilty. Didn't see royals name their son prince Trayvon, they named their son George.... Maybe we need to see TM charter, school records from Miami and Chicago where Mrs Alicia Stanley Martin raised TM and why Tracy Martin left TM alone with 12 year old 02/26/12 and why TM disobey father leaving 12 year old home alone while suspended from school. Parents have serious issues, yet claim they are so perfect.

john

this is a sad day

Redundant

Hey Fire, Are you ever going to be done prosecuting the dead kid? Maybe they should have charged him with assault in absentia? I was in a fight when I was seventeen and nobody shot me or wanted to see my grades or questioned my parents skills or anything.

Mandelbrot314

Quote: I was in a fight when I was seventeen and nobody shot me or wanted to see my grades or questioned my parents skills or anything.

Reply: I was in several fights when I was younger and I never took the first swing, push or shove. However, there were was always other people around to make sure it stayed fist fight. I don't think I was ever in real fear for my life because of the other people. The Zimmerman and Trayvon altercation was on a very dark and rainy night with Zimmerman begging for someone to help him (at least by witness testimony). I think it is reasonable to think he was in fear for his life because if he was knocked out Trayvon could have taken his gun and killed him or strangled him. If George didn't have a gun maybe both would be alive but we will never know. But I am sure that if Trayvon would have survived he would have been charged with assault and possibly attempted murder. Trayvon is a tragic figure but surely not a poster boy for civil rights.

Redundant

"Maybe we need to see TM charter, school records from Miami and Chicago where Mrs Alicia Stanley Martin raised TM and why Tracy Martin left TM alone with 12 year old 02/26/12 and why TM disobey father leaving 12 year old home alone while suspended from school. Parents have serious issues, yet claim they are so perfect."

Nobody said he was a poster boy for civil rights but neither he nor his family deserves to be vilified. If your unarmed son was shot by an older male how would you feel. The people posting here seem to be totally afraid of black males no matter what their age. Don't admit it - especially to yourselves.

TZee

Zimmerman is a killer, there is no doubt it in the minds of many. He had a weapon, Trayvon did not. Zimmerman, as an adult should have behaved responsively with it rather than take a child's life unless he was being shot at. He should out Trayvon as if they were in the wild wild west. The man is a killer.

Sunshine

Seriously>? You people know nothing about Zimmerman and think hes some Hero. Shameful really, Zimmerman attacked a police officer and arrested for domestic abuse. Zimmerman also has been accused by a family member for molesting her for over a ten year time frame. I think reason all this was keep out of court because GZ father a former judge.

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