Why Public’s Opinions on Zimmerman Is Shifting
For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters.
At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Two sets of findings, though, stand out:
Although it was the No. 1 story in the country overall, twice as many blacks as whites singled it out as the country’s most important story, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
And as time has passed and more evidence has been released, people’s feelings about Zimmerman have eased.