According to a recently released poll, a majority of Republicans and many whites want the media to stop talking about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey found that 56 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of whites said that there had been “too much” coverage of Martin’s killing, compared with 25 percent of Democrats (including 33 percent of white Democrats) and 16 percent of African Americans who thought the media had gone too far.
In all, 37 percent said there had been “too much” coverage, 40 percent thought the coverage was “about right” and 14 percent believed there was “too little” reporting on Martin’s death.
“This story has emerged as a kind of flashpoint story that divides people, and people have very different reactions based on race and ethnicity,” Pew Research Center associate director Carroll Doherty told the Los Angeles Times.
Pew’s weekly News Index survey determined that 30 percent said that they followed the Martin coverage more than any other story, making it the most followed news story of the week. That was followed by the Supreme Court’s health care hearings at 15 percent and the 2012 elections at 14 percent. Eight percent said that they paid the most attention to the NCAA college basketball tournament, with 11 percent of men and 5 percent of women picking it as the top story. The Pope’s visits to Mexico and Cuba only got the most attention from 1 percent of those surveyed.