Sixty-eight percent of Americans see the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol as “a harbinger of increasing political violence, not an isolated incident,” according to a new CBS/YouGov poll published Sunday.
The events of Jan. 6, which are currently being investigated by a House panel created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were widely condemned when they happened and still are today by majorities of both parties, according to the poll. A Jan. 2021 poll found that 87% of respondents disapproved of the actions of those who forced their way into the Capitol, compared with 13% who approved. In the current poll, 83% say they disapprove of those who broke into the Capitol compared with 17% who approve.
From the New York Post:
A third of Americans say violence against the government is sometimes “justified,” a shocking new poll revealed on Saturday.
The percentage of people with that view compared to previous years increased significantly, according to the poll published by The Washington Post-University of Maryland survey. The results, which come almost a year after a violent mob of former President Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, found that 40 percent of Republicans agreed it could sometimes be “justified for citizens to take violent action against the government.” Twenty-three percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Independents also endorsed situational violence.