by Jason Lang
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican views on Donald Trump have darkened somewhat during six weeks of televised congressional hearings into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the former president, a report showed. Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Thursday.
The two-day poll, completed hours before a scheduled eighth hearing of the congressional inquiry, showed that 40% percent of Republicans now believe Trump bears at least part of the blame for the deadly unrest, up from 33%. in a survey conducted six weeks ago. .
Trump continues to have broad support in the Republican Party and regularly hints that he will run for president again in 2024.
But six weeks of televised hearings have focused on the former leader’s pressure on his vice president to help reverse his election loss, as well as Trump’s firing of close aides who challenged his trumped-up accusations of massive voter fraud.
Now, a third of Republican respondents think Trump should not run for president again in 2024, up from a quarter who held that view in early June when the bipartisan congressional inquiry began airing the hearings.
Most respondents said they had followed the hearings at least somewhat, with only one in four saying they had not heard about them.
Thursday’s hearing will focus on the hours after a speech by Trump in which he told his supporters to “fight like crazy” before they stormed the Capitol and tried to stop the formal certification of his defeat in the US presidential election. 2020.
The panel has used the hearings to build a case that Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden constitute illegal conduct.
Reuters/Ipsos polls still show many Republicans holding views contrary to the facts uncovered by congressional and criminal investigations.
In the latest poll, a majority of Republicans, or 55%, continue to believe that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
While that share has dropped from 67% in early June, the opinion has held up even after state and federal judges dismissed more than 50 lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies challenging the election. Reviews and audits also found no evidence of widespread fraud.
About 57% of Republicans surveyed said they believed the majority of protesters in the Jan. 6 riots were peaceful and law-abiding, a proportion that was virtually unchanged from early June. Four people were killed the day of the attack, at least 140 police officers were assaulted, and a Capitol Police officer who battled rioters was killed the next day.
More than half of Republicans surveyed still believe the riots were led by left-wing protesters, even though nearly all of the hundreds of people arrested after the attack were Trump supporters, according to US prosecutors. FBI Director Christopher Wray said there was no evidence left-wing extremists disguised themselves as Trump supporters during the attack.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, across the United States. It collected responses from 1,005 adults between June 20 and 21. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 4 percentage points.
(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis)