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Support for the January 6th Investigation Remains Strong as Public Hearings Proceed

Friday, July 1, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • Nearly three in four Americans oppose the actions taken by Trump supporters on January 6th, and nearly two in three support the House Committee’s investigation into the attack.
  • Americans are most likely to describe Republicans who support the attack on January 6th as “dangerous.”
  • Two in three say they are confident their vote was counted correctly and fairly in 2020, with more than half of Republicans not confident; seven in ten say they are confident their future ballots will be counted fairly.

Majorities Continue to Oppose Trump Supporters’ Attack on January 6thand Support the House Investigation

Opposition to the actions of the Trump supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6thhas increased since early June. •Net support has dropped by 10 points among independents (-50 to -60) and 15 points among Republicans (-25 to -40).

Americans Characterize Republicans Who Support the Actions of Trump Supporters on January 6thas “Dangerous”

Democrats (35%), AAPI Americans (36%) and Black Americans (32%) are also likely to describe these Republicans as “yes-men to Trump.”

Majorities Believe the January 6th

Investigation Is Important and That Efforts to Overturn the Election Were Illegitimate

Since mid-June, there has been a 5-point increase in the net share who say it is important that the House Committee investigating January 6th uncover the truth of what happened on January 6th(from net +15 to net +20).

A Range of Messages A b out Republican Attacks on Democracy Are Concerning

Around three in five Americans find each of a range of hits on Republicans for their involvement with January 6thor efforts to undermine future elections “very” or “somewhat concerning”; independents are most concerned about future efforts to overturn election results.

Americans Find Language About Overturning Elections, a Criminal Conspiracy, and a Violent Attack Most Concerning

When provided a message about Trump and MAGA Republicans’ efforts to undermine democracy and asked to highlight what concerns them most, Americans highlight phrases that focus on attempts to “override our elections” and “take away our freedom to vote,” as well as the “violent attack” on January 6th.

A Growing Number of Republicans Say the Party Should Move in a New Direction, Though a Majority Still Opt for Trump’s Path

Since late April, there has been a 14-point decrease in the net share who say the Republican Party should continue on the path laid out by Donald Trump (from 77% Trump, 23% new direction to 70% Trump, 30% new direction).

Just Two in Three Are Confident Their 2020 Vote Was Counted Fairly, While Only Seven in Ten Are Confident in Future Ballots

Republicans have become more optimistic their ballot will be counted correctly in the future (from net -2 confident to +12).

Americans Have Grown Less Confident in the State of U.S. Democracy Over the Last Year

The share who say they are confident in American democracy has declined by 25 points among Democrats (from 63% to 38%) and by 13points among independents (from 36% to 23%) since June of last year.
•However, the share of Republicans who say they are confident has increased by 10 points (from 22% to 32%).

About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,200 registered voters from June 23-June 27, 2022. 105 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 74 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 105 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 105 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.

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