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Nearly half of Americans say Trump should be indicted in January 6 Capitol attack: Poll

Nearly half of Americans say Trump should be indicted in January 6 Capitol attack: Poll

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A new national poll shows that nearly half of Americans believe so Former President Donald Trump He must be charged with a crime for his role on the January 6, 2021, storming of the United States Capitol.

According to a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 48% of adults nationwide said Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the deadly attack by right-wing extremists and other protesters who aimed to overturn congressional approval of the Now President Biden Electoral College victory 2020. Thirty-one percent of those questioned said the former president should not be charged, and one in five said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion.

The poll was conducted June 23-27, after five public hearings by the Democratic-dominated House Select Committee investigating the Riots in the Capitol — which aims to provide testimony showing Trump’s possible criminal responsibility in fueling the attack. But the poll was conducted ahead of Tuesday’s last-minute hearing by the panel that included former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, whose testimony made national headlines this week.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Mark Meadows when he was the Trump administration’s White House chief of staff, testifies before a House Select Committee Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
(Jabin Botsford/Washington Post via Getty Images)

There was a predictable partisan split over whether Trump should be charged with a crime, with 86% of Democrats skeptical saying he should, but Republicans saying he shouldn’t by a margin of 68%-10%. Independents were more divided, with 38% saying they were unsure, 36% saying the former president should be indicted, and a quarter insisting that he not be charged.

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In a separate question, 58% of respondents said Trump bore much or little responsibility for the attack on the Capitol.

The former president has repeatedly ridiculed the commission and its testimony on social media this month. Trump attacked the commission, calling it a “very unpicked commission” and accusing witnesses of telling “lies and fabricated stories” while “producing an entirely false narrative.”

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally near the White House on January 6, 2021.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally near the White House on January 6, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

According to the survey, 42% of Americans said they have watched or listened to the hearings, while 57% said they did not watch or listen. Two-thirds of independents and just over seven in 10 Republicans say they have not watched or listened to the hearings.

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The Associated Press – NORC Center For Public Affairs Research, 1,053 adults nationwide were interviewed for the survey, with an overall sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.