U.S. public opinion on whether the shooting of Trayvon Martin was justified July 2013

Do you think the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida was justified of unjustified?

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Release date

July 2013


United States

Survey time period

July 18 to 21, 2013

Number of respondents

1,001 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The survey refers to the case in Florida in which the neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, shot and killed an unarmed teenager, 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. On July 13, 2013 George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin.

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