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President Barack Obama and George Zimmerman Share Roughly the Same Approval Rating

| by Dabney Bailey

A new Rasmussen Report poll has found that George Zimmerman and President Barack Obama share roughly the same disapproval rating.

Only 32 percent of Americans view Zimmerman favorably, while 48 percent view him unfavorably. The poll also found that 44 percent of Americans now agree with the not guilty verdict, which is down slightly from last week.

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Likewise, 44 percent of Americans view Obama favorably and 48 percent view the him unfavorably.

The disapproval ratings on these two controversial figures are identical, but Americans are more likely to take a neutral stance in their approval for Zimmerman than they are with Obama. It is not surprising that Americans tend to have a strong stance on Obama one way or another. After all, it is easy to be apathetic about a Florida court case, but it is much harder to be disinterested in the politics of the president of the United States.

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Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 adults and estimates a margin of error of about +/-3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Obama recently reached out to black voters when he said in a press conference, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Perhaps it would have been more accurate if Obama had compared himself to Zimmerman instead.

How do you compare Obama to Zimmerman? Do you dislike them equally? Do you like one much more than other? Considering that both of these men have been central figures in national debates regarding gun control and race, Zimmerman and Obama may have much more in common than either of them realize. 

Sources: Daily Caller, Rasmussen Reports