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New Poll Says Nearly 60% of Americans Want Trump to Face Criminal Charges For January 6th

New Poll Says Nearly 60% of Americans Want Trump to Face Criminal Charges For January 6th

With the first three of at least six scheduled televised hearings by the January 6th House Select Committee’s investigation already aired, a new poll shows that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the incident.

The new ABC News/Ipsos poll also finds the same percentage of Americans believe the House Select Committee is conducting a “fair and impartial” investigation.

TOPSHOT – A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. – Donald Trump’s supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden’s election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The poll also reveals that 58% of Americans think Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the riot. That’s up slightly from late April, nearly two months before the hearings began, when a similar poll found that 52% of Americans thought Trump should be charged. An ABC News/Washington Post poll that asked a comparable question just days after the attack in January 2021 found that 54% of Americans thought Trump should be charged with the crime of inciting a riot.

Attitudes on whether Americans think Trump is responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol remain relatively stable. In the new ABC News/Ipsos poll, 58% of Americans think Trump bears a “great deal” or a “good amount” of responsibility for the attack on the Capitol. This is unchanged from an ABC News/Ipsos poll in December 2021 and similar to the findings of an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted just after the insurrection in January 2021.

When divided by party lines, it’s far more clear to see how Americans are absorbing and processing the information from the hearings. 91% of Democrats think Trump should be charged with a crime compared to 19% of Republicans. On whether Trump bears a “great deal” or a “good amount” of responsibility for the attack, 91% of Democrats and 21% of Republicans say he does. Among self-described independents, 62% think Trump should be charged and 61% think he bears a “great deal” or a “good amount” of responsibility.

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