The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot held a series of hearings with revealing testimony and new evidence, but one group of Americans are unmoved by its findings: the Republicans.
Driving the news: While four in five Democrats and a majority of independents report after hearings, fewer Republicans — 44% — say they pay attention to the investigation, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour Marist poll released this week.
By the numbers: After a series of high-profile hearings over the past two months, the survey found there has been little change in how Republicans view the Capitol riot and former President Trump’s role in this one.
- Two in five Republicans say what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, was a protest protected by the First Amendment, the poll found.
- Since December, the percentage of Republicans who call Jan. 6 an insurrection and a threat to democracy has fallen from 10% to 12% — a change below the survey’s margin of error.
- According to the poll, fewer than one in five Republicans say Trump deserves a lot or a lot of blame for what happened that day, compared to nine in 10 Democrats and 57% of independents.
What they say : It may be too early to tell how the hearings affect Trump’s public opinion, or his chances if he runs for president again in 2024, said Robert Collins, professor of urban studies and public policy. at Dillard University, reports VOA.
- “I see a lot of people looking at the polls, not seeing much change, and assuming those polls have no effect on Trump’s popularity,” Collins told VOA. “But that’s not how human psychology works. Our minds change slowly and only when we are exposed to frequent and repeated evidence of something.
Methodology: The survey of 1,160 adults was conducted July 11-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1%.