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Poll: Two-thirds of Americans say country is going in the wrong direction

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The percentage of Americans who think the country is headed in the wrong direction spiked by double digits this month after a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol and amid fears of further violence surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

A Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Sunday found that two-thirds of Americans now believe the country is headed down the wrong path, a double-digit increase from a finding in the poll’s last survey in December.

Just over half of respondents, 52 percent, said that President Trump should be removed from office following the violence that overtook the Capitol building on Jan. 6, leaving lawmakers scrambling for safety. Just over four in ten voters said that Congress needed to act in order to preserve U.S. democracy.

Just under a third of Americans, however, still believe the president’s false claims that the November election was rigged against him, according to the poll, while 64 percent said Biden was the legitimate winner.

When it comes to the violence at the Capitol, Americans appeared opposed, though there was some support for the rioters among respondents. About 70 percent agreed that those who invaded Congress during the joint session were “criminals,” while 24 percent told pollsters that the rioters “went too far, but they had a point.” Fifty-six percent expect more violence at Biden’s inauguration this week.

The USA Today/Suffolk poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Jan. 11-15, and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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