National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African-Americans saying he was unjustly killed, while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

By Jorge Rivas Apr 13, 2012

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this week, 91% of black Americans surveyed said that the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was unjustified. Among whites, that number was 35%; among Latinos, 59%.

"This incident is one of the clearest splits we’ve seen between whites and blacks," Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson told Reuters.

"African Americans have a significantly different perspective on the whole incident than white Americans or Hispanic Americans," Jackson said.

The fact that whites and blacks have such starkly differing views on whether Trayvon Martin was unjustly killed is a sad reflection on the state of race relations in this country, says Terry Keleher, Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network at the Applied Research Center,’ publisher.