Chauvin was found guilty on all three felony counts charged against him in the death of Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Although higher numbers of Democrats and independents agreed with the guilty verdict, 85% and 71% respectively, a 55% majority of Republicans also did.
But the public was divided on Chauvin’s motivation for the killing, with 40% saying he was guilty of murder while 32% said Chauvin’s actions amounted to negligence. Just 11% viewed Chauvin’s actions as an accident.
Not surprisingly, perceptions of Chauvin’s motivations broke down along partisan lines, with 51% of Democrats and 41% of independents saying Chauvin’s conduct amounted to murder, while just 26% of Republicans said the same.
Across the board, 61% of Democrats, Republicans, and independents said they planned on accepting the verdict without taking any further actions. Among Democrats, 25% said they would accept the verdict and participate in marches and rallies going forward, while just 15% of Republicans said the same.
Still, some 20% of Republicans said they reject the verdict, but only 5% of Republicans both rejected the verdict and planned to protest it.