1 in 3 Americans believe that violence against the government is sometimes justified, new poll shows

The new figure “is significantly higher than in previous polls by Post or other major news organizations dating back more than two decades,” according to newspaper. The poll, conducted between December 17 and 19, revealed sharp biased divisions on the issue: 40% of Republicans and 41% of independents said violence against the government is sometimes justified, compared to 23% of Democrats.
In a separate CBS News-YouGov poll published Sunday, 62% of Americans said they expect violence over losing in future presidential elections; 38% said they expect the losing side to concede peacefully. At least a quarter of Americans said “coercion may be justified,” depending on the situation, regarding issues such as civil rights, gun policy, election results, and labor.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack in which supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Rebels attacked law enforcement officers and destroyed parts of the iconic building, where the violent event led to the death of several people on the day of the attack or shortly thereafter, while several officers who responded to the Capitol during the attack later died by suicide.

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The post-UMD survey showed that 60% of Americans feel that Trump bears “a large part” or “good” of responsibility for his role in the attack. Self-identified Republicans and Trump supporters in the poll tended to believe he bore less responsibility.

In it CBS News-YouGov opinion poll, 62% of Americans said they believe Trump “should not run for president again”, while 26% said he should run in 2024. The former president has not announced a bid for another term but will be many seen as the likely Republican front runner he should run again.

Shortly after the uprising, Parliament accused Trump of inciting the mob, though he was later acquitted by the Senate in a vote that took place after his term ended. A small minority of Republicans voted with the Democrats to put him on trial in Parliament and convict him in the Senate, but Trump has continued to have a significant influence on the GOP’s direction, with his loyalist members downplaying the January 6 violence in the months since the attack.

The post-UMD survey showed that 54% of Americans believe the unrest that entered the Capitol was “mostly violent”, while 19% see them as “mostly peaceful”, and a further 27% see them as “equally peaceful and violent.” Democrats were much more likely to consider them the most violent (78%) compared to Republicans (26%).

There was more agreement on violence against law enforcement officers that day, with 87% saying they believe “some protesters hurt police officers” and 10% saying “everyone acted peacefully.”

More than 700 people have been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the Capitol riot, with the offenses ranging from illegal entry into the building to assaults on officers and members of the media.

The post-UMD survey was conducted among 1,101 adults online and by telephone. The overall results have a sampling margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The CBS-YouGov survey was conducted from December 27 to December 30 among 2,063 adults. The overall results have a sampling margin of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


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