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Poll: 55% of Trump Supporters Say Riots Were “Defending Freedom”

A brand new CBS ballot requested Americans about their ideas on the January sixth Capitol riots within the context of Congress on the brink of launch an investigation into the assault. According to the ballot, 72% of Americans suppose there’s extra to be taught in regards to the occasions of that day whereas solely 28% of individuals say we all know all there’s to know. Republicans particularly are usually not viewing the occasion as critically as they did within the days after the riot. Back in January, 51% of Republicans strongly disapproved of the Capitol riots, however six months later, solely 39% strongly disapprove. Trump voters are method off in how they view January sixth as in comparison with the final inhabitants. Sixty-seven % of Americans general imagine the riots have been carried out to attempt to overturn the 2020 election, whereas solely 32% of Trump supporters imagine that was the objective. When it involves calling the occasion an “insurrection,” 56% of Americans agree with that framing, however solely 20% of Trump voters would name it that.

This knowledge present us quite a bit in regards to the divide between the American left and proper. Sixty-six % of the nation believes US democracy is being threatened, though each Democrats and Republicans would say it’s for very totally different causes. Democrats suppose it’s as a result of Donald Trump and Republicans did every thing they might to overturn an election they clearly misplaced. Many Republican voters suppose democracy is below risk as a result of they’ve been satisfied that the election was rigged by Joe Biden and the Democrats. It’s additionally fairly telling that the right-wing view on the Capitol riots is being whitewashed so successfully. The numbers present that over time, Republicans are viewing the assault much less critically. This signifies that they’re being satisfied by Donald Trump, who by no means noticed it as that large of a deal and, actually, on that day known as the rioters “patriots” and instructed them “we love you.” It took a short while for right-wing politicians and media figures to get behind this message, however they finally did, and now it’s being mirrored within the polling.

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