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Americans largely approve of the verdict in Tuesday's murder trial of Derek Chauvin, with 71% agreeing the ex-police officer was guilty, according to a USA Today/Ipsos snap poll published Wednesday.

Why it matters: "With most Americans saying they have followed the trial at least somewhat, the verdict presents a rare moment when majorities of both Democrats and Republicans believe the outcome is correct," Ipsos said in a release.

The poll, conducted between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, represents a snapshot of the nation's reaction to the three-week trial's outcome.

By the numbers: The majority of participants who identified as Democrats (85%) or independents (71%) strongly agreed with the verdict.

  • 55% of Republicans also concurred that Chauvin was guilty.
  • 40% of overall survey participants said George Floyd's death was murder.
  • 32% viewed the circumstances around Floyd's death as negligence on Chauvin's part.
  • 5% said Chauvin did nothing wrong, describing his actions as an accident.

The political divide was more apparent when respondents were asked about law and order.

  • 62% of all participants said they would accept the verdict and planned no further action.
  • 73% of Republicans believe "law and order is the most important thing to ensure, even if it means limiting peaceful protests." 43% of Democrats agreed.

What to watch: "With continued division between Republicans and Democrats on emphasizing law and order versus the right to protest, this is likely to continue being a flash point in American society," Ipsos stated.

Methodology: Ipsos surveyed 1,000 American adults online from all states from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 20 following announcement of Chauvin's verdict. The sample included 262 Republicans, 422 Democrats, and 316 independents. The poll has a credibility interval of +/- 3.5 percentage points for all respondents.

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Derek Chauvin found guilty of all 3 charges in George Floyd's murder

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A jury on Tuesday found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

Why it matters: This rare conviction of a police officer may come to be seen as a defining moment in America's collective reckoning with issues of race and justice.

Minneapolis reflects on Chauvin verdict as a step toward healing and calm

Screenshot via CNN

A growing crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center broke out into cheers, hugs and tears of relief as word of the Derek Chauvin verdict spread just after 4pm CT.

Catch up quick: Eleven months after George Floyd died under the former Minneapolis police officer's knee, a jury of 12 neighbors returned a guilty verdict on all three counts.

Biden says "right verdict" in Chauvin trial is "overwhelming"

President Biden told reporters Tuesday that he's "come to know" George Floyd's family and that he's "praying the verdict is the right verdict" in Derek Chauvin's trial, as the nation awaits the jury's decision.

Why it matters: Officials fear a not-guilty decision in the high-profile case could inflame racial tensions and set off a new wave of riots. The jury was sequestered and entered deliberation after closing arguments on Monday.