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ROBBINS Sce Research (1998) - The Most Accurate Pollster in the World - The George Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin case
Black Pearl - Sonny Charles and the Checkmates  Jul 22, 2013

When compiling the numbers associated with this ROBBINS poll - I happened to watch an interview with the parents of the young Black man Trayvon Martin who died in Sanford Florida. The interview was on CNN.
My breath was taken away by the absolute dignity and grace evidenced by Trayvon's mother. At the same time - off in another room - was an old song from the sixties - cascading through the house - it was Sonny Charles and the Checkmates - Black Pearl - and I dedicate this ROBBINS public opinion poll to Trayvon Martins' mother (and father too).
Demographics:
52% of the population of Sanford, Florida is constituted by women similar to the make up of women across the State of Florida. Persons under the age of 26%, while the State average is lower at 20%. The Caucasian population is 57.3%, while the African American population is 30.5% and the Hispanic Latino population is 20.2%. About 14% of the population and one quarter of the Caucasian population has some Hispanic mix. Over one in three residents of Sanford, Florida have complete or some Hispanic make up to them.
52% of the population of Sanford, Florida is constituted by women similar to the percentage of women in the State of Florida.
The Caucasian population is 57.3%, African American population is 30.5%, Hispanic-Latino population is 20.2%.
The Caucasian population for the State of Florida is 75% while the African American population is 16% - the Hispanic population in the State is 22.5%.
Home ownership in the city of Sanford is 56.2% while home ownership in the State of Florida is 69%. The per capita income in Sanford is $20,346 while across the State of Florida it is $26,733.
13.3% of businesses in Florida are owned by African Americans (pop. 30.5%)or 43.5% of that population. Hispanic owned firms are 12.9% (pop. 20.2%) or 65% of that population - Asian owned firms 2% (pop 2.2%) or 91% of that population. Women owned firms 29.8% (pop 52%) or 57.5% of that population.
There has been a lot of discussion about the jury in the George Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin case - which included (only) six jurors - all women - five white women and one Hispanic. The four alternatives were comprised of two men and two women.
It is interesting to note that retail sales per year in Sanford are far above the average annual income and nearly double the annual retail per capita retail purchases across the state where the average personal income is 20% higher.
There have been commentators who indicated that George Zimmerman was entitled to a jury of his peers - a distinction which by most legal definitions is not supposed to just consider gender or race. A jury of his peers in a town of 55,000 ought to have been two Caucasian jurors, one Hispanic juror - one Hispanic - Caucasian juror and two African Americans with one of these two having Hispanic mix.
As difficult as this jury pool may have been to produce - it is certainly fair to say that the jury actually produced was not a jury of George Zimmerman's peers.
On balance I believe most readers will arrive at the conclusion that the majority of Americans are of the opinion that George Zimmerman was criminally responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin. Our question #4 - in particular solidifies this suggestion.
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Question #1
In your opinion was George Zimmerman criminally responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin?
Yes    52.5 %
No    45 %
Question #2
In your opinion was O.J. Simpson criminally responsible for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman?
Yes    55 %
No    27 %
Question #3
In your opinion was race a factor in the matter of the death of Trayvon Martin?
Yes    51 %
No    43.5 %
Question #4
(Preamble) Stand your ground laws exist in about one half of American states. These laws follow a history in self defense cases where people were expected to attempt to retreat to avoid potential harm. Stand your ground means that retreat is no longer necessary in cases where people are in fear of danger to themselves. (Question) In a real life situation a citizen with a gun pursues another citizen without a gun who the first man with a gun believes has committed a crime. In this circumstance who should the stand your ground law most apply to
The man without a gun being pursued    55 %
The man with the gun doing the pursuing    18 %
Question #5
In your opinion should the laws be changed to accommodate those cases involving the death of one person at the hand of another where race is a distinguishable factor - to permit the court to make a decision on whether or not a jury should be involved?
Yes    38.5 %
No    46.5 %
Commentary
(55%) of Caucasian respondents selected "No" while (42%) selected "Yes". (51%) of Latino respondents selected "Yes" while (46%) selected "No". (82%) of African American respondents answered "Yes" while (13%) answered "No". (48%) of Asian/Other respondents answered "Yes" while (39%) answered "No".
African Americans obviously believe George Zimmerman is criminally responsible for the death of Treyvon Martin and their responses skewed the "Yes" total overall. When African American responses are removed from response calculations the "No" response is higher at (51%), while the "Yes" response decreases to (43.5%).
When the responses of visible minorities only are calculated the "Yes" response is (61%) while the "No" response is (32.5%).
When only Latino and Asian/Other responses are considered the "Yes" response is (50.5%) while the "No" response is (43.5%).
Overall Americans believe George Zimmerman is criminally responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, with African Americans skewing the overall outcome of "Yes" to a higher number, and Caucasian Americans skewing the "No" number downward.
The outcomes of responses from Latino and Asian/Other responses generally match the overall outcome for this question (1).
(64%) of Caucasian respondents are of the opinion that O.J. Simpson was criminally responsible for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, while (23%) do not believe he was. (57%) of Latino respondents answer "Yes" while (29%) choose "No". (41%) of African American respondents say that O.J. Simpson was criminally responsible while (52%) believe he is not. (62%) of Asian/Other respondents select "Yes" while (14%) answer "No".
(46%) of Caucasian respondents indicate that race was a factor in the death of Trayvon Martin, while (50%) do not. (54%) of Latino respondents believe race was a factor while (31%) do not believe it was. (92%) of African Americans believe race was a factor while (4%) answer "No". (45%) of Asian/Other respondents are of the opinion that race was a factor while (42%) say it was not.
(29%) of Caucasian respondents are of the opinion that the 'stand your ground' law should apply to the man with the gun doing the pursing while (44%) believe the law should apply to the man without the gun who is being pursued. (68%) of Latino respondents are of the opinion that it is the man without the gun to whom the law should apply while (19%) say it is the man with the gun who is 'standing ground'. (95%) of African Americans are of the opinion the man without the gun should benefit from the 'stand your ground' law while (2%) believe it is the man with the gun. (63%) of Asian/Other respondents support the law being applied to the man without the gun and (17%) apply to the man with the gun.
(54%) of Caucasian respondents selected "No" while (33%) selected "Yes" to permitting the court to make a determination on whether or not a jury should be permitted in cases where race is a distinguishable factor. (44%) of Latino's selected "Yes" while (38%) selected "No". (58%) of African Americans responded "Yes" while (34%) responded "No". (44%) of Asian/Other responded "Yes" while (40%) answered "No".
Americans by a slight majority are of the opinion that George Zimmerman is criminally responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin. African Americans are close to unanimous in supporting this 'guilty verdict' while Caucasian Americans are more inclined to see George Zimmerman as 'innocent' of criminal responsibility.
Those respondents who are familiar with the O.J Simpson case are overwhelmingly inclined to see O.J. Simpson as 'guilty' when a jury of his peers found him innocent. African Americans are more inclined to see O.J. as 'innocent' of criminal responsibility.
'Anecdotally', in question 1 many Caucasian American respondents see George Zimmerman as not being criminally responsible because he was acquitted of all charges, while African American respondents in the O.J. question 'anecdotally' using the same rationale for declaring him innocent.
Americans are slightly more inclined to see race as a factor in the Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin case. Once again, Caucasian Americans which form the highest percentage of citizens (and respondents) are more inclined to not see race as a factor while African Americans are overwhelmingly of the opinion that race was a factor. Visible minorities are more inclined on average to see race as a factor in this case.
It is our question # 4 which should raise some eyebrows. Although many respondents naturally equated the hypothetical in this question to the actual of the Zimmerman - Martin case there are just as many who did not. George Zimmerman had a gun and Trayvon Martin did not. George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin not the other way around. Americans of all ethnicity see the person without the gun (Trayvon Martin) as being the one who should benefit from the stand your ground law against the person pursuing - with the gun-George Zimmerman. Respondents 'anecdotally' are not supportive of persons who are not easily identified as police (peace) officers making citizens arrests.
Despite issues with the Zimmerman - Trayvon Martin legal case (including race): The shooter George Zimmerman has a German surname - but has a slight hispanic look (Peruvian mother). The victim Trayvon Martin is African American. The jury of six included all women - 5 white and one Latino. Feedback from juries who have spoken to media suggest one half thought George Zimmerman was guilty of something but only one considered murder a relevant charge - which has led to speculation that the prosecution overcharged Mr. Zimmerman.
The numbers in this survey composition would tend to support this assertion.
With the law demanding that an accused face a jury of his peers - and issues relating to stand your ground laws percolating - it was our intent to see how this might impact on Americans view of juries in cases which have race as a factor or potential factor. Although a high minority of respondents expressed the opinion that the courts should be the judge of whether a jury is required cases involving race, a majority of respondents are still supporting the jury system.
Ultimately - African Americans are experiencing the utter horror of perceived injustice that Caucasian Americans and others felt when Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered nearly two decades ago. The sheer number of African Americans that are unhappy or in disbelief over the outcome of the trial - reaches near unanimity - it is little wonder President Obama came out to speak personally on the issue. It is disturbing in the circumstances to see how Caucasian Americans in the majority remain unwilling to give the person who died - Trayvon - Martin in a more sympathetic light. We must consider the reality that race remains a powerful and as yet unresolved issue in the United States of America.
Methodology- A purely ROBBINS telephone survey of 1,043 American voters from the most recent Presidential election in November 2012. This ROBBINS survey was conducted July 15-20th, 2013 and features a Margin of Error of 3.03%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

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