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Nearly 70% of Americans Find Chauvin Murder Verdict Justified & Plurality Calls for Maximum Sentencing, According to New UMass Amherst / WCVB Poll

Poll also finds majority support for many police reform measures and doubts among Trump voters over the fairness of Chauvin’s trial and the justification of its outcome.

Results of a new nationwide University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB poll released today show that a wide majority of Americans polled in the days immediately following the Derek Chauvin trial believe that the guilty verdict against the former Minneapolis police officer in the murder of George Floyd was justified and that he received a fair trial. A plurality of the poll’s respondents also believes an appropriate sentence for Chauvin would be the maximum length he faces – 40 years in prison. (Press Release, UMass Amherst, 4/24/2021 - UMass POLL)

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