Poll: Floridians Support ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Split Over Zimmerman’s Self-Defense Claim

A new poll shows the majority of Floridians want no changes to the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, the subject of intense national scrutiny following the February shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

According to the latest release from Mason-Dixon, 65 percent of Florida voters believe that “Stand Your Ground” does not need to be amended.  

But the state is sharply split over the much-publicized shooting, which has stoked a debate over both self-defense laws and race.  Forty-four percent believe George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder chargers for the shooting of Martin, was acting in self-defense, while 40 percent say he wasn’t.  Another 16 percent aren’t sure.  


Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.