Poll: Few Americans Think Zimmerman Committed Hate Crime


While the Justice Department, with the urging of the NAACP and the Zimmerman haters out there, may be considering going after him for a hate crime, the American people do not support that course of action. Hot Air has details of a new poll out from Rasmussen Reports:

Most Americans don’t believe George Zimmerman was motivated by racism and do not believe he should be charged with a hate crime for shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin. But as with nearly every question regarding this case, there is wide racial disagreement.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 24% of all American Adults believe Zimmerman’s actions that led to Martin’s death were motivated primarily by racism. Fifty-four percent (54%) think the Hispanic Neighborhood Watch volunteer was chiefly motivated instead by a concern about burglaries in the neighborhood. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure.

It’s one thing to accuse Zimmerman of being a vigilante, but it’s another entirely to try to prosecute him for what is essentially a thought crime. The media barely talked about Zimmerman’s outrage after the beating of a homeless black man, which hardly sounds like the actions of a racist “white guy” (who is Hispanic). It’s time to let the man go back to living his life, the best he can.