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Donald Trump Unscathed By Jan 6 Hearings, Poll Shows

Damir Mujezinovic - Author

Aug. 10 2022, Published 12:34 p.m. ET

The political establishment watched in horror as a violent group of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6 last year, in an effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Democrats claim that Trump instigated and incited the attack, and believe the House committee tasked with investigating the Capitol attack will prove their allegations.

But have the committee's probes and hearings moved public opinion? Not really, according to a new poll.

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Who's Responsible For Jan 6?

Conducted by Monmouth University, the poll found that the ongoing hearings are failing to move the needle in either direction.

Thirty-eight percent of respondents in the survey said Trump is directly responsible for the attack on the Capitol, 26 percent said he is not directly responsible but "encouraged" the rioters, and 32 percent say the former president did nothing wrong.

In late June, 42 percent of respondents said Trump is directly responsible, which suggests that even if public opinion moved slightly, it moved in Trump's direction.

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When asked how to describe the January 6 attacks on the Capitol, 63 percent of respondents in the poll said the word "riot" is appropriate, while 52 percent said they prefer "insurrection," and 35 percent called it a legitimate protest.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents, meanwhile, said Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 election thanks to voter fraud -- this number included 61 percent of Republicans.

As director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute Patrick Murray put it, "the sensational revelations during the hearings do not seem to have moved the public opinion needle on Trump’s culpability for either the riot or his spurious election fraud claims."

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How Popular Is Trump?

Forty percent of respondents in the poll said they have a favorable opinion of Trump, while 50 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of him.

Unsurprisingly, 80 percent of Republicans said they have a favorable opinion of the former president, with 57 percent of those saying they have a "very favorable" opinion of him.

Moreover, 40 percent said they would vote for Trump if he ran again in 2024.

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Trump has all but formally committed to launching another presidential bid, and polls suggest he has a very good chance of winning another term in the White House.

In the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, for instance, 45 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump in 2024, while 41 percent said they would back Biden.

And while Trump is very popular among Republicans, Biden is widely disliked across the political spectrum. In a CNN poll released last month, 75 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they'd prefer a different candidate in 2024.


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