New polls show that Americans are concerned about democracy, with some saying that violence against the government can sometimes be justified.
A year after the violent attack on the US capital, Americans remain deeply concerned about the health of their democracy and about a third say that violence against the government can sometimes be justified, according to two polls.
The January 6 attack on the seat of Congress, led by supporters of former US President Donald Trump, was “a harbinger of increasing political violence”, and US democracy is “threatened”, according to two-thirds of those polled for a CBS News- poll published Sunday.
Meanwhile, Americans’ “pride” in their democracy has fallen sharply, from 90 percent in 2002 to 54 percent now, a Washington Post University of Maryland survey found.
With the January 6 anniversary approaching, the polls offer specific cause for concern: CBS found that 28 percent of respondents believe that violence can be used to defend the outcome of an election, while 34 percent told The Washington Post that a violent act against the government can sometimes be justified – the largest percentage in decades.
The results underscore the seemingly almost incompatible views that divide American society, which President Joe Biden, who adopted 14 days after the Capitol riot, promised to overcome.
Two-thirds of Trump supporters still believe his unfounded accusation that Biden is not the legally elected president.
Trump addressed thousands of supporters shortly before the Capitol assault, and tells them the election is “bruised” and that they “have to fight like hell”.
About 60 percent of those surveyed said Trump bears a major responsibility for the invasion of the Capitol just as lawmakers were ready to certify Biden’s victory.
Opinion again follows biased lines: 83 percent of Trump voters placed his level of responsibility at only “some” or “none,” the Post poll found.
And 26 percent of Americans want him to participate again in 2024, according to CBS.
A select committee of the House of Representatives has been working for months to determine the roles and responsibilities of those who have incited or may have incited organized the protest.
Despite limited cooperation from Trump’s inner circle, the panel conducted more than 300 interviews and collected thousands of documents.
“We have exposed a few things that cause us real concern, things like people trying to … undermine the integrity of our democracy,” panel chairman Bennie Thompson told ABC on Sunday.
“It appears to be a coordinated effort by a number of people to undermine the election,” he said.
“It could be people in the executive branch. It could be people in the Department of Defense … and some very wealthy individuals.
He said he would not hesitate to refer any evidence of illegality to the Department of Justice.
Liz Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the panel, strongly condemned Trump on Sunday for waiting hours before urging the Capitol rioters to stand back.
He could easily have made such a call, she told ABC.
“He failed to do so. It is difficult to imagine a more meaningful and serious breach of duty. “