From Public Policy Polling: Floridians generally support the firearm self-defense law that George Zimmerman will use as part of his defense in the Trayvon Martin case, but they also support him being charged with second-degree murder because they think he is guilty.
42% of Florida voters support the “Stand Your Ground” law, and 32% oppose it. Republicans overwhelmingly support it (60-13), and independents like it as well (45-31), but Democrats oppose it (24-50).
49% think Zimmerman was appropriately charged, while 25% think he was not. The verdict is more narrow when it comes to his actual guilt of said charge–31% believe he is guilty, and 26% think him innocent. Despite the hullabaloo, 46% believe Zimmerman will be able to receive a fair trial, and 37% think he cannot.
Floridians generally do not believe Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he killed Martin–only 32% think he was, and 45% think he wasn’t.
There is also a generational divide. 68% of voters under 30 support the murder charge, and that goes down to 58% to 45% to 40% across the age spectrum. Similarly, 58% of young voters think Zimmerman guilty, versus 38%, 23%, and 25% of their elders. 63% of the youth think Zimmerman was motivated by racism, while 40%, 52%, and 48% of the older age brackets think he was not.
There is also a gender gap on these questions. For example, women only support “Stand Your Ground” by a 33-32 mark, but men do by a 53-31 spread. Women believe Zimmerman guilty by a 39-18 margin, but men think him not guilty (23-34). Women narrowly think he was motivated by racism (41-35), but men strongly don’t (22-55).