U.S. public opinion on whether George Zimmerman should be arrested March 2012

This statistic shows the opinion of Americans on whether the police should arrest George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. The survey was conducted on March 24-25, 2012. 73 percent of the respondents stated that the police should arrest George Zimmerman.

Should the police arrest George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin?

Share of respondents
Should arrest73%
Should not arrest11%
No opinion16%
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Release date

March 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

March 24 to 25, 2012

Number of respondents

1,014 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

George Zimmerman is the current prime suspect in the killing of a young black man called Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claimed that he acted in self-defense and that it was a lawful killing, as he felt threatened, making it lawful under the so-called "Stand Your Ground Law". This law allows American citizens to use firearms in public to kill or injure someone in self-defense if they feel threatened or fear for their lives. because of this law, Zimmerman has not been arrested yet. However, until now, there seems to be no evidence confirming that Trayvon Martin actually posed a threat to Zimmerman.

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