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Americans Less Confident in Our Democracy After January 6th

Friday, June 4, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

Key takeaways from the survey

  • The vast majority of Americans say they oppose the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
  • The storming of the Capitol decreased confidence in the stability of democracy in the United States, especially among Black and Hispanic Americans.
  • There is strong support for a commission to investigate the January 6th riot at the Capitol.


Months Later, Vast Majority of Americans Oppose the Storming of the U.S. Capitol

Two thirds of Republicans (67%) oppose the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building, including 50% who “strongly oppose.”

Unvaccinated Americans, Fox News Viewers, and Trump Voters Most Likely to Support Insurrection at the Capitol

In addition to Republicans (22% support), those who support the insurrection tend to be unvaccinated, regular Fox News viewers, 2020 Trump voters, conservatives, younger men, and born again/evangelical Christians.

Storming of Capitol Building Decreased Confidence in Stability of U.S. Democracy

Just over half (51%) say the storming of the Capitol made them less confident in the stability of democracy in the United States. Democrats (68%), Black Americans (57%), and Asian Americans (55%) are most likely to agree.

Two Thirds of Americans Support Commission to Investigate the January 6th Riot at Capitol

More than a third of Republicans (35%) support establishing a commission to investigate the riot at the Capitol.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,204 registered voters conducted May 20-24, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 149 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 194 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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About Navigator

In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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