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Nearly half of the public says Trump should be charged over January 6 insurrection

A new poll shows that nearly half of the public believes Teump should be charged over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

US President Donald Trump was accused of inciting an insurrection as he addressed supporters outside the White House on January 6, 2021 - Copyright AFP/File Niklas HALLE'N
US President Donald Trump was accused of inciting an insurrection as he addressed supporters outside the White House on January 6, 2021 - Copyright AFP/File Niklas HALLE'N

Nearly half of Americans think Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. 

The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 48 percent of U.S. adults say the Republican former president should be charged with a crime for his role, while 31 percent say he should not be charged. 

An additional 20 percent of those polled say they don’t know enough to have an opinion, while 58 percent say Trump bears a great deal or quite a bit of responsibility for what happened that day, reports the Winston-Salem Journal.

The poll found that overall, 56 percent of the public has been following the news on the January 6 hearings, including 75 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans.

As for actually watching or listening to the hearings, less than half the country watched or listened to the hearings, with Democrats more than twice as likely as Republicans to do so (58 percent vs. 27 percent).

According to the poll, opinions about the culpability for the Jan. 6 uprising have changed very little since last December and are highly partisan. Large majorities of Democrats say the rioters themselves and Trump bear a great deal of responsibility for the insurrection, while few Republicans agree.  

Regardless of public opinion about Trump’s likely criminal involvement, lawmakers continue to face a stark reality: While they can investigate Jan. 6 and issue subpoenas to gather information, only the Justice Department can bring criminal charges, according to the Associated Press.

The poll of 1,053 adults was conducted June 23-27 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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