Republicans increasingly viewed by Americans as the party of violence

Republicans increasingly viewed by Americans as the party of violence

July 21, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

The findings of the survey come as House Democrats have shifted toward a strategy of emphasizing the extremism of both Republican candidates and the MAGA movement, and the Jan. 6 hearings appear to be helping their case as the nation awaits another primetime hearing Thursday (starting at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT).

When the survey asked those who viewed GOP supporters as more violence-prone an open-ended question about why, the dominant themes centered around “January 6th,” “Trump,” “white groups,” and “Proud Boys.”

Bar graph showing that Jan. 6 and Donald Trump were cited most by those who view GOP supporters as prone to violence.

By a 20-point margin, the Navigator survey found Americans support the Justice Department filing criminal charges against Donald Trump for his involvement in Jan. 6 (56% support, 36% oppose). Independents support filing charges by a 24-point margin (50% support, 26% oppose). The chart below notes too that support for filing charges increases—9 points among independents, 13 points among Republicans—after they read recent revelations from the select committee’s inquiry into Jan. 6 hearings. So the more people know, the better.

Bar graph showing that 56% of Americans favor filing charged against Trump for his involvement in Jan. 6, a number that increases once people are read a series of revelations uncovered by the select committee investigating  Jan. 6.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll similarly found a 57% majority of Americans say Trump bears either a great deal or good deal of responsibility for the Jan. 6 insurrection.

But the NPR poll found that just half of the respondents think Trump should be charged with a crime, while 45% say he shouldn’t—a much smaller divide than Navigator found. However, the number of Americans who think Trump actually will be charged sits at just 28% in the NPR survey.

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