Poll: Americans split on Jan. 6 commission

Poll: Americans split on Jan. 6 commission
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Voters are split on whether Congress should launch its own investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. 

Fifty-two percent of respondents say that the riot by a mob of former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE’s supporters warrants a congressional investigation. Conversely, 48 percent believe that the current FBI investigations into the attack are sufficient.

The House passed a bill last week that would create a 10-person bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, sending the measure to the Senate where it faces slim chances of passing. 


Several Republican lawmakers once appeared open to forming such a commission, raising hopes that the legislation would win approval. But those hopes dimmed last week when a number of top Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCan Manchin answer his predecessor's call on voting rights? Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' Democrats' narrow chance to retain control after 2022 MORE (Ky.), came out in opposition to the commission.

Only 35 House Republicans voted in favor of the measure last week. 

GOP opponents of the commission argue that it will be used as a political weapon against Republicans and fear that it will drag the issue of the Jan. 6 riot into the 2022 midterms. There are also concerns among Republicans that supporting the creation of such a commission could anger Trump, who has spoken publicly against the idea.

The current divide among voters over whether a congressional investigation is needed to get to the bottom of the attack largely falls along party lines. Sixty-nine percent of Democrats say they support such a commission compared with 38 percent of Republicans.

Conversely, 62 percent of Republicans believe that the FBI and Justice Department investigations are sufficient, a view shared by only 31 percent of Democrats. Independent voters, meanwhile, were split 50-50 on the matter.


“The commission is simply seen as a partisan political football as the country is simply split on partisan lines in their view of the commission,” said Mark PennMark PennPoll: Voters expect lawmakers to approve infrastructure package this summer Majority of voters say Biden should implement stricter immigration policies: poll Poll: Concern about inflation rises as economy recovers from pandemic MORE, director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll.

The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey of 1,945 registered voters was conducted from May 19-20. It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.