Poll: 73 Percent of Republicans Blame 'Left-Wing Protesters' for Jan. 6 (Shay Horse/NurPhoto via AP)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 28 May 2021 03:53 PM
A new poll reveals that 73% of Republicans pin either "some" or a "great deal" of the responsibility for the Jan. 6 incidents at the Capitol on "left-wing protesters" who were trying to make then-President Donald Trump "look bad."
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll of 1,588 adults in the United States, conducted from May 25-26, also found 41% of the Republicans surveyed said Trump supporters that were at the Capitol for a rally that day while Congress was to vote for the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College win bore "some" or a "great deal" of the blame for the Capitol attack.
Further, 23% of those surveyed blamed Trump himself, and 52% said the former president is "not at all" to blame."
Meanwhile, Democrats had a far different opinion on the Capitol incident:
- 84% blamed Trump supporters, compared to 63% of Americans overall.
- 83% blamed Trump, compared to 55% of overall Americans.
- 79% blamed Republicans who claim the 2020 election was stolen, compared to 56% of Americans.
The poll was released before Senate Republicans voted 54-35 to block the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the attack on the Capitol, short of reaching the 60 votes needed for the chamber to consider a bill already passed in the House.
The survey also revealed the changing opinions about the incidents since January.
Weeks after the matter, in late January, nearly 71% of people responding to a Yahoo News and YouGov poll said the Capitol attack was ''not justified''; but now, that number has dropped to 57%.
- 21% now think the incidents were justified, but 22% said they are not sure.
- 52% of Republicans say the people who participated on Jan. 6 were ''primarily peaceful and law-abiding.
- 51% of Americans overall said the participants were "primarily violent and lawless.''
- 18% of Republicans say Biden ''won the election fair and square."
- 64% of Republicans say they think the election was ''rigged and stolen from Trump.''
- 72% of Republicans said they think there was enough fraud in the 2020 election to "influence the outcome."
The poll also found that 10% of Republicans want to ''hold Trump and others accountable for their role in the attack,'' but 62% say ''there have been enough [Jan. 6] investigations already." Also, 23% of Republicans said they favor forming an independent commission to study Jan. 6.
The survey was conducted by YouGov of a nationally representative sample of 1,588 U.S. adults, weighted according to gender, age, race and education, and had a margin of error of approximately 2.8 percentage points.