A majority of Americans on Tuesday said they agreed with the guilty verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, according to a USA Today-Ipsos poll.
The online survey, which questioned 1,000 U.S. adults in the three hours following the verdict announcement, found that about 71 percent believed Chauvin was guilty, with just 12 percent rejecting Tuesday’s verdict.
About 62 percent of those who accepted the verdict said they did not plan on participating in any further marches or protests related to the case, while 16 percent said they still planned to join rallies and demonstrations.
Most Americans in the poll said they followed at least some portion of the three-week trial, which concluded with just 10 hours of deliberation from the jury.
The jury found Chauvin, who was captured in graphic video footage last year kneeling on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes, guilty of all three of the criminal counts he faced — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.