(Politico) A majority of Americans support controversial “stand your ground” laws, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along racial lines.

Voters back the self-defense laws 53 percent to 40 percent, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac, but when broken down by race, black and white voters have opposite views. White voters support such laws in their state 57 percent to 37 percent, while black voters oppose the laws 57 percent to 37 percent. Hispanic voters are split, with 44 percent supporting the laws and 43 percent opposing.

With “stand your ground” laws a popular target of Democrats after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the killing of teen Trayvon Martin, the poll had more mixed news for President Barack Obama.

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