By: E&P Staff
It may not rival the racial divide that split public opinion in the O.J. Simpson murder case 10 years ago, but there is a clear gap in views of Michael Jackson’s likely guilt in his child molestation case, as shown in the latest Gallup polls on the subject.
Gallup found that 75% of whites think that the charges against the pop star are “definitely or probably true,” while only 49% of blacks think they are.
The latest survey also found that only 6% of the sample is following the Jackson case “very closely,” with 27% saying “somewhat closely.”
Gallup notes that while the racial gap is “not insignificant,” the percentage of blacks who feel Jackson may be guilty still tops those who disagree by 49% to 41%.
A July 1995 Gallup survey found that 75% of whites thought Simpson was probably guilty of killing his wife, but only 25% of blacks thought so.