Fifty-six percent of Florida voters support the state's “Stand Your Ground” law, with 35 percent opposed, says a new Quinnipiac poll reported by Politico.com. The results showed a notable racial divide: white voters supported the controversial law 61 percent to 31 percent; while Hispanic voters supported it 53 percent to 36 percent. Black voters are opposed, 56 percent to 30 percent.
George Zimmerman, the man alleged to have shot Trayvon Martin, is of Hispanic descent, while Martin is black. Zimmerman has claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense during a confrontation in Sanford, Fl., on Feb. 26. Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law allows individuals to use deadly force in their own defense. Men were more likely to support the law than women, supporting it 65 percent to 31 percent. Women supported the law 48 percent to 39 percent.