We hear it all the time: forgive and forget. We know it’s what we should do, but is it ever really that easy? Most people agree that forgiving others is difficult, especially in serious situations such as Casey Anthony’s acquittal in the murder trial of her daughter, Caylee.
Anger, Sadness, Disgust
Americans were filled with many emotions toward Casey Anthony during and after her murder trial, almost all of it negative. In an Ask Your Target Market survey, 56.6% of respondents said they felt disgust, while 31.3% said they felt anger, and 20.6% felt sadness. Only 7.2% felt any kind of sympathy toward her.
In AYTM.com’s survey, 56.1% of respondents agreed that forgiveness is important, even if it takes time. However, 59.6% of respondents said that Casey Anthony does not ever deserve the American public’s forgiveness. Only 10.2% said that she does deserve forgiveness, and 30.3% have no opinion.
It gets easier
Forgiving Casey Anthony might be difficult, but most Americans agree that forgiveness is easier and more common in day-to-day situations. 77.9% of respondents said they have forgiven someone who had wronged them, and 50.6% said they have been forgiven by someone else. While only 42.7% have chosen not to forgive someone for a wrongdoing, and 31.8% have had someone else refuse to forgive them for a wrongdoing.
The Importance of Forgiveness
Forgiving people no matter what is never an easy task. Only 12.4% of respondents in AYTM.com’s survey said that forgiveness is always necessary no matter what, while 27.3% said it depends on the situation, and 4.2% said forgiveness is not really important to them.
Forgiving Casey Anthony
In Casey Anthony’s case, 71.5% of respondents said that she should not hold her breath waiting for the American public to forgive her, because it will never happen. 19.4% think she will be forgiven, but it will take years, while 5.7% think it will take months and 2% think it will only take weeks. A mere 1.5% think that she has already been forgiven.
Is Casey Anthony deserving of our forgiveness, or are we really supposed to forgive unconditionally? Our respondents have spoken, now you be the judge.