By: E&P Staff
An overnight Gallup Poll released today shows that 48% of Americans disagree with the verdicts clearing pop star Michael Jackson of all charges in the molesting case and only 34% agree — and they are split along a ?major racial divide,? Gallup said.
Whites disagree with the verdict by about 2-1 (54% to 28%) while nonwhites take the opposite view by 2-1 (56% to 26%).
This recalls the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, when whites disagreed with him getting off by 62% to 27% while nonwhites supported it by 67% to 24%.
A clear majority, or 62%, believe that Jackson’s celebrity status was a major factor in the verdict.
Nearly half said they were ?surprised? by the verdict, with 24% saying they were ?outraged.?
Exactly one in four said they were ?still a fan? of the singer. Almost as many said they were once fans, but no longer.