NEARLY half of Republicans quizzed in a new poll said they believe former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was wrongly convicted of murdering George Floyd.

Meanwhile, Only 10 percent of Democrats said the same thing, the CBS News-YouGov survey found. 

Chauvin was found guilty last Tuesday on two counts of murder and a manslaughter charge. 

In the wake of the verdict, Joe Biden said the United States must deliver "real change" for black Americans, saying "systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul".

Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, hope his conviction will spur momentum on efforts to pass comprehensive police reforms.

But a total of 46 percent of respondents to the CBS poll who identified as Republican said the Hennepin County jury reached the "wrong verdict".

Among all respondents, 75 percent said the jury reached the right verdict.

The 25 percent of Americans who said they believe the jury reached the wrong verdict also said they strongly disagree with the ideas of the Black Lives Matter movement, CBS News reported.

The survey was conducted by YouGov among 2,527 residents in the U.S. interviewed between April 21 and April 24.

The margin of error of is 2.3 percentage points. 

Last May George Floyd was murdered after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Floyd's death triggered a wave of protests and rage across the US when video of the horrific moment swept the world last summer — with his pleas of "I can't breathe" becoming a symbol of racial injustice.

Chauvin became the first white police officer in Minnesota to be charged and convicted over the death of a black civilian.

The other officers on the scene — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — also face charges on two counts of aiding and abetting — one for second-degree murder and one for second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin faces a maximum of 75 years in prison for the crimes, but would likely serve each sentence consecutively — 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter is 10 years.

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