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Poll: More than half of Americans believe Jan. 6 attack was planned

Just 46 percent believe that Donald Trump’s actions to remain in the White House after losing the election were criminal.

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MAGANA)

A new national poll shows that more than half of Americans polled believe that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was planned in advance, according to polling results compiled by Quinnipiac University.

The poll shows that, along party lines, the vast majority of Democrats believe that the attack was planned, while only 49 percent of Republican believe the same, with 46 percent answering that they believe it was a spontaneous event.

When asked if former President Donald Trump committed criminal actions in the time both before and after Jan. 6 to remain in office after losing the 2020 Presidential Election, 47 percent said they do not believe that his actions constitute a crime, while 46 percent believe that his actions to remain in the White House after losing the election were criminal.

On the question of blame, almost 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump holds “a lot” or “some” amount of the blame for the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the poll, while 14 percent believe he bears little responsibility, and a further 25 percent believe none at all.

Along party lines, 69 percent of Republicans polled believe that Trump bears little responsibility for the attack on Jan. 6., while 44 percent believe that he was not responsible. The overwhelming majority of Democrats believe Trump is responsible in some way for the attack, with 92 percent indicating that he bears “a lot” of responsibility and 15 percent only “some” of the responsibility.

As the full historical picture of the events both during and prior to the Jan. 6. attack on the U.S. Capitol is brought further into focus during the public hearing by the U.S. House Select committee, the likelihood of criminal charging for the former president remains slim to nonexistent.

Since the attack, greater than 840 people have been charged with crimes in connection with the Jan. 6. attack, with almost a dozen members of the riot being from Alabama.

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John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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