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Poll: Floridians support George Zimmerman more than the Marlins or Rays

Apr 24, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

Bond Hearing Held For Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman Getty Images

Well, this is odd: In a recent poll, 26 percent of Florida residents say that George Zimmerman is innocent of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Know that for a fact, do you folks? Seems to me the “not sure” box is just begging to be checked on that survey. But this is odder still: that’s 10 percent more Florida residents than support the Tampa Bay Rays. And even fewer support the Miami Marlins.

Public Policy Polling reports only 16 percent of Floridians support the Tampa Bay Rays and even less, just 15 percent claim to be fans of the Miami Marlins.

Despite not being very popular, both teams have seen attendance go up this season. The Rays are averaging 29,268 fans, good for 17th in MLB 2012 attendance. With a new ballpark, the Marlins are only 15th in attendance with 29,442 fans per game.

That’s actually a huge jump for the Marlins, who averaged 19,007 in 2011 in their old stadium, which was 28th in MLB.

The news is even worse for Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.

Ozzie Guillen, the outspoken manager of the Marlins, isn’t very popular either. Just 7 percent of those responding had a favorable opinion of the skipper, while 39 percent said his recent comments about Fidel Castro were inappropriate.

A total of 700 Florida voters were surveyed by Public Policy Polling for the data that has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.

Looking for someone who is less liked than the Marlins? You’re in luck:

Q1 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Fidel Castro?

Favorable………4 percent
Unfavorable …..86 percent
Not sure ……..10 percent

Not sure, 10 percent? He’s been there for 53 years. How much more time do you need to make up your mind?

Zimmerman More Supported Than Marlins, Rays [The Dish]

  1. lionsdetroitcom - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Note to self: Never move to Florida. I like good baseball and I don’t like murderers so it wouldn’t work out.

  2. winkeroni - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    It seems like Floridians have a tough time convicting anyone.

  3. tsi431 - Apr 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    If you want to get technical, everyone should of said he is 100% innocent.

    In our society, you are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around, as some like to make it.

    I think it’s sad that people try to be judge and jury off what they hear on television or read in the paper.

  4. fatfreddystubbs - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Jesus, Chandler, you must just assume that people are gonna take your word for things and not read the link.

  5. metalhead65 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    maybe the people who think is innocent are as sure as you and everyone who think he is guilty. you know the ones who have convicted him based on the biased coverage the case has recieved. the case is indeed sad but the people who have convicted him are the same ones who said he made up the story of being attacked and then dismiss the pictures showing cuts on his head. you know the ones he said he got when he was on the ground? there is no way this guy gets a fair trial and if he is somehow not convicted be prepared for violence caused by the likes of the good reverands stirring up trouble where they don’t belong.

    • jimguida - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      “Lighten up, Francis.” As stated above, any one of us who sits on his jury must go in assuming he is innocent. It is up to the prosecutor to convince us otherwise, not Fox News or CNN. Those of us who are not on the jury are allowed to question, which is why the “’not sure’” box is just begging to be checked.” But only two people know for certain what happened and one of them is dead, shot by the other. Was it legal? Probably, by Florida’s bizarre law. Was it justified? Stay tuned.

  6. chumthumper - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    What the crap is in the water in Florida? (Hey, I may have answered my own question.) They make a mess of a presidential election, then they had the Casey Anthony fiasco and now George Zimmerman. Add Ozzie and the Marlins it’s just piling on.