Our poll on the Chauvin - Floyd Murder trial was one of our highest turnouts ever. Thanks for all your participation! We learned that more than 3 in 5 readers (63.2%) agreed with the jury’s Guilty verdict.
We will stay with that subject for today. But I would be remiss not to call attention to the fact that this is “Earth Day.”
We have a great Local Guest Column from Ella Bard, a student at Wadsworth Middle School. Ella is also a children’s yoga instructor and “a passionate eco-warrior volunteering with commUNITY cleanup and recycling efforts in her hometown of Wadsworth.”
Due to the Derek Chauvin trial, our focus today is still on that big issue, but I wanted to have something in about Earth Day and was happy to see this very earnest column on the subject. Good job, Ella!
Americans nationwide also overwhelmingly approve of the Chauvin guilty verdict, according to a USA TODAY/ Ipsos snap poll, taken just hours after the guilty verdict was announced.
The survey found 71% of Americans agreed Chauvin was guilty. Democrats strongly concurred, at 85%, with Republicans at 55% and Independents at 71%.
Sixty-two percent of those polled said they would accept the verdict and do nothing further, like march or protest; 61% of Democrats and Republicans alike answered that way. About 16% said they would join rallies or protests in accepting the verdict, while a total of 12% said they rejected the verdict.
Chauvin, most everybody now knows, was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. Chauvin now faces 12½ years or longer in prison under sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender. He returns to court for sentencing in eight weeks.
The poll found just over half of respondents – 54% – said they believed “law and order is the most important thing to ensure, even if it means limiting peaceful protests.”
That answer soared to 73% among Republicans and ticked down to 43% among Democrats. Independents were at exactly half. On the flip side, 38% said the right to protest is paramount, even if violent incidents result, with 53% of Democrats, 36% of independents and 22% of Republicans agreeing.
Just hours after the verdict was announced, President Joe Biden called for a “moment of significant change” to fight systemic racism in policing, noting the verdict itself was “not enough.”
Biden insisted that “It can’t stop here. In order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedies like this will ever happen again,” he said from the White House.
He also pushed for the Senate’s passage of the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” – named in Floyd’s honor – that seeks to bolster police accountability and prevent problem officers from moving from one department to another. The bill, which cleared the House in March, also would end certain police practices that have been under scrutiny.
Of those surveyed, 40% overall said they believed Floyd’s death was murder – with 26% of Republicans and 51% of Democrats agreeing – while 32% overall viewed the circumstances around his death as negligence on the part of Chauvin. Few – 11% – said they believed Chauvin’s actions were an accident and 5% said he did nothing wrong.
Our Post numbers were slightly lower in favor of the Guilty verdict than the Ipsos poll. It is interesting to note that their survey had less voters than ours, and that only 262 of the Ipsos respondents described themselves as Republicans, while 422 were Democrats and 316 said Independent.
We feature a three part point-counterpoint today on the issue of race in America.
Cal Thomas writes “The Chauvin Verdict, “ a look at the case from the conservative point of view, particularly at the controversial Maxine Waters comments.
S.E. Cupp counters with “Republicans outrage war Over Waters: Pot meets kettle.” Cupp is a reputed conservative in this mixed world of politics today does not fit the description.
Dr. Ben Carson writes “Moving our focus from equality to equity won’t defeat racism. It’s another kind of racism.” Carson is a former presidential candidate turned secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021.
“Is law and order the most important thing to ensure, even if it means limiting peaceful protests?” That’s our Daily Post Reader Poll question for Thursday.