Majorities Across Race and Partisanship Oppose Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol
Washington, D.C. — As the January 6th committee reconvenes for hearings today, Navigator Research released new polling showing broad support for the House Select Committee investigation into the January 6th assault on the Capitol and a growing desire to uncover the truth about that day. With the sole exception of Republicans, majorities across partisanship and race support the ongoing investigation. Support is particularly strong amongst Democrats (net +80), Black Americans (net +61) and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (net +60).
In addition to being broadly supported, the House investigation is garnering attention from the public, with 63 percent of respondents saying they have heard “a lot” or “some” about the hearings. More Democrats report hearing about the hearings (70 percent) than Republicans (59 percent) or Independents (52 percent).
In keeping with these findings, our survey also found majorities across race and partisanship oppose the actions of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6th; overall, 71 percent of respondents oppose the actions of the rioters (net -49). Although the strongest partisan opposition to the rioters came from Democrats (net -71) and Independents (net -50), a majority of Republicans oppose the actions of Trump supporters as well (58 percent oppose).
“Our polling not only shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the actions of the individuals and groups who perpetrated the assault on the Capitol, but nearly two in three support the investigation being carried out by the January 6th Committee.” said Bryan Bennett, Senior Director of Polling & Analytics at the Hub Project and Advisor to Navigator Research. “The unity across partisanship on these questions underscores the crisis in confidence Americans have in our democracy, and the desire to ensure that attacks on free and fair elections never happen again.”
An increasing number of Americans believe that it is important to uncover the truth behind the attempted coup; respondents said that the hearings were important by a 15-point margin, up five points from April. That change reflects an increase in the percentage of Independents saying that the hearings are important, up 5 points from April to net +19.
While Congress is dealing with many problems on top of these hearings, a majority of people (52 percent) believe that Congress can investigate the actions of January 6th while finding solutions to other problems, including inflation and crime rates, compared to just 38 percent who believe the investigation is too focused on the past. Democrats and Black respondents are particularly likely to believe that Congress can tackle multiple issues at once (78 percent and 61 percent, respectively).