Most Americans Expect Repeat Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

More than half of Americans believe a repeat attack on the U.S. Capitol will likely occur in the next few years similar to what occurred on Jan. 6 2021, according to a new poll. 

Data from a new Axios-Momentive poll showed that 57 percent of respondents said they believe an attack like the Jan. 6 insurrection would happen again in the next few years. When examined against political beliefs, 70 percent of Democrats held this belief, compared to 47 percent of Republicans.

The new poll was released in the run-up to the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection. Most respondents, at 63 percent, said that the date changed the way that American people think about the government.

While a third of the respondents said that this change was only a temporary one, another third said they believe it is an irreversible, permanent change. 

When asked about whether they support the efforts of the ongoing House select committee investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, nearly 60 percent said that they do support it. Unsurprisingly, more Democrats than Republicans supported the work of the committee.

Nearly 90 percent of the Democrats surveyed were in support of the committee investigation, compared with 32 percent of Republicans. More than half of the independents surveyed also supported the committee at nearly 60 percent. 

In a separate poll, one in three Americans said they believe violence against the government is justified. The survey showed a “considerably higher” number of respondents saying that there is a right time to take up arms against the government. 

The survey was conducted by the Washington Post with the University of Maryland and released earlier this week. When examined across political parties, 40 percent of Republicans believe violence is sometimes justified and 41 percent of independents do as well, compared with 23 percent of Democrats.

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