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


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.