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Seven in Ten Americans Express Concern by Revelations From January 6th Public Hearings

Thursday, July 21, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • Nearly two in three Americans continue to support the House investigation into January 6th while even more oppose the actions of Trump supporters that day.
  • Supporters of the Republican Party are seen as more prone to violence in pushing their agenda than supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who feel the Republican Party is prone to violence cite January 6th, Trump, and the insurrection at the Capitol.
  • About three in five support the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against Donald Trump after reading revelations from the January 6th hearings.

Support Remains High for the January 6th Investigation While January 6th Rioters Are Widely Opposed

By a 34-point margin, Americans are supportive of the House Committee’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol on January 6th (63% support/29% oppose), including by a 37-point margin among independents (59% support/22% oppose).

Three in Five Report Hearing About the January 6th Hearings and a Majority Support Them

Among those who have heard “a lot” or “some” about the public hearings, 72% support the public hearings (including 57% who “strongly support” the hearings).

Supporters of the Republican Party Are Seen as More Inclined to Resort to Violence Than Supporters of the Democratic Party

By a 20-point margin, Americans overall are more likely to say those who support the Republican Party are inclined to resort to violence while pushing their agenda or worldview than Democrats are (net -10 agree on Democrats, net +10 agree on Republicans).

  • Among independents, the margin across parties jumps to 37 points (net -16 Democrats, net +21 on Republicans).

The January 6th Insurrection and Donald Trump Cited Most Among Those Who Say Republicans Are Prone to Violence

Republicans are the lone group to say Democrats are more prone to violence in pushing their political agenda.

A Variety of Recent Revelations From Recent Public Hearings Are Viewed As Concerning

Nearly four in five independents find statements about Trump knowing his supporters were armed and doing nothing (79%), ordering Secret Service to remove metal detectors (76%), and knowing the riot would become violent (79%) concerning.

Nearly Three in Five Support the DOJ Filing Criminal Charges Against Trump After Reading January 6th Revelations

After reading recent revelations from the January 6th hearings, Republicans shift by 13 points on net support for the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against Donald Trump (from net -53 to net -40) and independents shift by 9 (from +24 to +33).

Modest Awareness of the “Proud Boys” Leads to Greater Negativity Towards the Group Once It Is Described

When described as a “militant group of white supremacists,” the Proud Boys are viewed unfavorably by 65% of Americans, including majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (62%), and half of Republicans (50%).



About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,002 registered voters from July 14-July 18, 2022. 108 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 67 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 104 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 97 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.

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