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46% think an attack similar to January 6 could happen again, poll finds

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More than half of Americans believe Democracy is in peril while 46% think an attack similar to January 6 is ‘likely’ to happen again, poll finds

  • Americans agree that democracy is in trouble, but members of the two political parties have starkly different opinions on the January 6 Capitol attack 
  • A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that 51 per cent are ‘very worried’ about the future of American democracy 
  • Forty-six per cent said it’s likely a similar attack on the Capitol could happen again 
  • Republicans were seven times more likely than Democrats to say the attack was a protest aimed at preventing a fraudulent election 
  • Overall, 53 per cent of those polled did believe January 6 was a protest aimed at overturning the results of a legitimate presidential election 
  • However that sentiment was held by 85 per cent of Democrats and just 20 per cent of Republicans 


Americans agree that democracy is in trouble, but members of the two political parties have starkly different opinions on the January 6 Capitol attack. 

A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that 51 per cent are ‘very worried’ about the future of American democracy, while 46 per cent said it’s likely a similar attack on the Capitol could happen again. 

But Republicans were seven times more likely than Democrats to say the attack was a protest aimed at preventing a fraudulent election, versus one trying to overturn a legitimate presidential election. 

A new poll showed that 46 per cent of Americans believed it was likely another attack, similar to January 6 (pictured), could occur in the future

A new poll showed that 46 per cent of Americans believed it was likely another attack, similar to January 6 (pictured), could occur in the future 

There's a stark difference in how Republicans and Democrats view January 6, with a majority of Republicans believing it was a protest aimed at preventing a fraudulent election

There’s a stark difference in how Republicans and Democrats view January 6, with a majority of Republicans believing it was a protest aimed at preventing a fraudulent election 

Overall, 53 per cent of those polled did believe January 6 was a protest aimed at overturning the results of a legitimate presidential election. 

However that sentiment was held by 85 per cent of Democrats and just 20 per cent of Republicans. 

Fifty-one per cent of independents also agreed.   

Twenty-nine per cent of survey respondents said it was a protest aimed at preventing the fraudulent election of now President Joe Biden.

But a majority of Republicans – 56 per cent – agreed. 

Just 8 per cent of Democrats and 27 per cent of independents believed that was the motivation behind the January 6 assault. 

While 50 per cent of respondents called the January 6 rioters ‘criminals,’ that number sunk to 17 per cent when Republicans were asked. 

Just 20 per cent of Republicans said they believed January 6 was a protest aimed at overturning the results of a legitimate presidential election

Just 20 per cent of Republicans said they believed January 6 was a protest aimed at overturning the results of a legitimate presidential election

Sixty-six per cent of Republicans told pollsters that January 6 rioters ‘went too far, but they had a point.’ Overall, 38 per cent held that view. 

Just 6 per cent of respondents felt those in the MAGA mob acted appropriately. 

Among Republicans the number was slightly bigger, at 11 per cent. 

Republicans also had a more dour view of the Democrat-led House select committee that’s investigating January 6. 

Fifty-nine per cent said they were not at all confident the special House committee investigation will be able to provide a complete and accurate account of what happened on January 6. 

Meanwhile, 54 per cent of Democrats answered they were somehwat confident in the process.   

Seventy-eight per cent of Republicans also called the committee a ‘waste of time.’ 

At the same time, 88 per cent of Democrats said it was ‘important for the future of democracy.’  

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