Half of Americans say Jan. 6 was a threat to democracy

Half of Americans in a new survey agreed that the events of Jan. 6 were a threat to democracy as the nation nears the one-year anniversary of a riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 50% said that the “riot” a year ago was a “threat to American democracy.” Democrats and liberals agree with the highest percentages at 75% and 80%. However, 41% said it wasn’t a threat.

More than two-thirds (67%) of Republicans agreed the events of Jan. 6 were not a threat to democracy.

One Year Later

Both Democrats and Republicans have prepared events for the Jan. 6 anniversary.

Democrats largely continue to blame former President Donald Trump for instigating the riot, a view pushed in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House select committee.

Republicans have taken a variety of views, with some condemning the violence and others focusing on those arrested and still held a year later to be given better treatment.

How Views Relate

“Beliefs about the fairness of the 2020 election clearly correlate with attitudes toward the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Among voters who think Biden won the election fairly, 84% believe the Capitol riot was a threat to American democracy.

“By contrast, among voters who don’t believe Biden was fairly elected, 82% don’t think the Jan. 6 riot represented a threat to democracy,” Rasmussen Reports noted.

“Similarly, among voters who don’t think Biden won the election fairly, only 22% believe it is important that the Capitol rioters be prosecuted, but among voters who think Biden was fairly elected, 93% believe it is important to prosecute those arrested for the Jan. 6 riot,” the report added.

The survey continues to reflect a divided nation as Americans prepare to face the one-year anniversary of an event that has polarized the country.

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