- Majorities oppose Trump supporters’ actions on the day of January 6th and feel it is important to prosecute those involved.
- Those who do not strongly support Republicans in Congress express concern about a range of criticisms of how they responded to the January 6th attack.
- While Democrats see January 6th as a “riot” and “terrorist attack,” Republicans view it as a “protest.”
Three in Four Continue to Oppose Trump Supporters’ Actions on January 6th and Feel It Is Important to Prosecute Those Involved
Nearly four in five independents (77%) and three in five Republicans (61%) feel it is important to find and prosecute the January 6th rioters.
A Majority Support the House Investigation into January 6th
Majorities of Democrats (88%) and independents (67%) support the investigation; Republicans are more split, though more support the investigation than oppose it (+5 net support).
Three in Four Americans Watched News About January 6th on That Day
Across partisanship and media consumption, overwhelming majorities report having watched news coverage of the events of January 6th.
Range of Items Tying Republicans in Congress to the Events of January 6th Are “Very Concerning”
Independents who do not strongly approve of Congressional Republicans are most concerned by Republican members helping organizers and the role of white supremacist factions in deciding the direction of the Republican Party.
Americans Are Most Troubled By the Death of Police Officers and the Risk January 6th Placed Our Democracy In
For independents, the top two concerns are the related deaths of police officers and that the insurrection was the violent consequence of spreading the belief the 2020 election was stolen.
On the Insurrection’s Impact on Future Elections and Voting Rights, Americans Find a Range of Items Concerning
Independents are most concerned that Donald Trump encouraged violence (75%) and by the threat of an extremist minority government (75%).
Americans See January 6th as a “Riot,” Though Republicans Call It a “Protest” and Democrats, a “Terrorist Attack”
Independents are most likely to call the event a “riot,” (50%) followed by “insurrection,” (40%) and “treason” (37%).
About The Study
This release features findings from national online surveys of 1,000 registered voters each, conducted November 18-22, 2021 and December 3-6, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among approximately 100 Hispanic voters per survey, approximately 100 African American voters per survey, approximately 100 independents without a partisan lean per survey, and approximately 70 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters per survey.