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Support for the January 6th Investigation Remains Strong As Public Hearings Continue

Monday, July 11, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • A majority continue to support the House investigation into January 6th while the actions of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol are widely opposed.
  • A range of revelations from recent testimony – from Trump ordering Secret Service to remove metal detectors as his supporters stormed the Capitol to knowing his supporters were armed and not doing anything about it – are concerning to seven in ten Americans.
  • Americans’ support for the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against Trump grows to a 24-point margin after reading revelations about Trump and his inner circle from recent public hearings on January 6th.

Seven in Ten Continue to View Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol Unfavorably As the Investigation Remains Popular

Since early June, independents have grown more opposed to the actions of the Trump supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6th (from net -50 to net -58) and more supportive of the House investigation (from net +28 to net +38).

Nearly Two in Three Are Hearing About the Committee’s Public Hearings and Almost the Same Share Support Them

Roughly the same share of Americans report hearing “a lot” or “some” about the January 6th hearings in early July (64%) as did in early June (63%); independents have grown more supportive of the public hearings (net +38 support, up from net +26 in early June).

Though Majorities Are Unfamiliar After Her Testimony, Party Divides Views of Cassidy Hutchinson Among Those Familiar

Familiarity with Hutchinson is higher among cable news viewers, with CNN viewers and MSNBC viewers net favorable toward her (+21 and +20, respectively), and Fox News viewers more unfavorable (net -3) with less familiarity.

Range of Revelations from January 6th Hearings on Trump and His Allies Are Concerning to Two in Three Americans

Among independents, Trump ordering Secret Service to remove metal detectors as rioters were attacking the Capitol (75%) and knowing his supporters were armed with pistols and AR-15 assault rifles and doing nothing (75%) are most concerning.

Support for the Department of Justice Filing Criminal Charges Against Trump Grows After Messaging from Hearings

Among the 24% of Americans who self-identify as independents or Republicans who express confidence in the 2020 election results, half believe Trump should be criminally charged for his involvement on January 6 after messaging (50% support/41% oppose).


About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 999 registered voters from June 30-July 3, 2022. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 81 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.

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