Racial Divide Getting Undeniably Wider Since Zimmerman Acquittal

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  • According to a post-ABC poll conducted July 18 to 21 among a random national sample of 1,002 adults, it appears the racial divide is broadening.

    The poll shows African Americans have a mostly shared and sharply negative reaction to the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the not-guilty verdict in the resulting George Zimmerman trial, while whites are far more divided, according to a new  Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    87 percent of African Americans say the shooting was unjustified; among whites, just 33 percent say so. 51 percent of whites approve of the not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, while African Americans overwhelmingly and strongly disapprove. Some 86 percent of blacks disagree with the verdict — almost all of them disapproving “strongly.”

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