Early polling reveals strong American majority backs responsible verdict for Derek Chauvin

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Chauvin was found guilty on all three felony counts charged in opposition to him within the loss of life of Floyd after kneeling on his neck for greater than 9 minutes: second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter.

Though greater numbers of Democrats and independents agreed with the responsible verdict, 85% and 71% respectively, a 55% majority of Republicans additionally did.

However the public was divided on Chauvin’s motivation for the killing, with 40% saying he was responsible of homicide whereas 32% stated Chauvin’s actions amounted to negligence. Simply 11% considered Chauvin’s actions as an accident.

Not surprisingly, perceptions of Chauvin’s motivations broke down alongside partisan strains, with 51% of Democrats and 41% of independents saying Chauvin’s conduct amounted to homicide, whereas simply 26% of Republicans stated the identical.

Throughout the board, 61% of Democrats, Republicans, and independents stated they deliberate on accepting the decision with out taking any additional actions. Amongst Democrats, 25% stated they’d settle for the decision and take part in marches and rallies going ahead, whereas simply 15% of Republicans stated the identical.

Nonetheless, some 20% of Republicans stated they reject the decision, however solely 5% of Republicans each rejected the decision and deliberate to protest it.