You would never know from the breathless media coverage, but Americans are largely not paying attention to Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 dog and pony show, a new ABC/Ipsos poll found.
With inflation and fears of a recession dominating public opinion, just 9% of Americans are tuning in to the Jan. 6 hearings closely, Breitbart reported.
Americans tuning out J6 hearings
Only 24% overall said they were following “somewhat closely,” and just 43% of Democrats are following the hearings very or somewhat closely, the poll found.
That’s not all of the bad news for Pelosi and her vulnerable House majority: 51% of all respondents said the spectacle would not affect how they vote in the midterm elections, which are expected to be costly for Democrats.
Democrats are also suffering from a legitimacy gap, with just 60% of Americans saying the J6 committee is conducting a fair process, compared to 38% saying the committee is not conducting a fair process.
The poll has gotten a lot of headlines over one finding: 58% of Americans now support charging Donald Trump with “a crime” (it doesn’t specify which), an uptick of six points.
This could be a momentary bump, however, and the number is also the result of a loaded question that goes, “As you may know, Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, where the riot followed. Do you think Trump should be charged with a crime for his role [emphasis added] in this incident, or do you think he should not be charged?”
Dragging out hearings
Trump, in fact, had not even finished speaking at a peaceful rally near the White House — where he exhorted supporters to “peacefully and patriotically” protest — when the riot began.
Still, the J6 hearings purport to tell the true story of how Trump led a violent coup. The hearings were initially expected to end in June, but Democrats are now promising to stagger them through the summer. Nothing political going on there, surely.
“Certainly the hearings will conclude before the end of the summer, but I don’t know that we’re going to make it by the end of June,” committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said Tuesday.
Democrats apparently think that dragging this show trial out as much as possible before the midterms will make voters forget about the price of gas.