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Poll: Floridians agree with charging Zimmerman

Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:10 AM

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A new poll by Public Policy Polling indicates that a large plurality of Florida voters agree with the decision to charge George Zimmerman with second-degree murder, but they're not convinced he is guilty.

A plurality also said they don't think the killing of Trayvon Martin was motivated by racism, and that they support the "stand your ground" law that may be used in Zimmerman's defense.

But the responses in the poll were significantly split along partisan and racial lines, with Democratic and black voters much more likely to consider Zimmerman guilty and to believe racism was involved.

The numbers:

Public Policy Polling is a North Carolina-based, Democratic-oriented polling firm that says its published polls are neutral. This poll, which PPP said was not paid for by any campaign or political organization, got responses from 700 Florida voters April 12-15, for an error margin of 3.7 percentage points.

wmarch@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7761

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