A majority of voters say they believe the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is biased, according to a new Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey.
Fifty-eight percent of voters polled said they believed the committee set up by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) was biased, while 42 percent said they thought it was fair.
"Americans want an examination of the riots over the summer and the origins of the virus over investigating Jan. 6th," said Mark PennMark PennPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Majority of voters say country is on the wrong track: poll MORE, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey. "The voters reject the Pelosi move to toss Republicans off of the committee and see it now as just a partisan exercise."
Last month Pelosi, tapped Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerIllinois redistricting proposal creates new Hispanic seat, sets up member-vs.-member races The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (Ill.) to serve alongside fellow GOP Trump critic Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAt least five Trump administration staffers have spoken with Jan 6 committee: CNN Juan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Jan. 6 committee chair: 'No question' Capitol riot was a premeditated attack MORE (Wyo.) on the committee after she blocked pro-Trump Reps. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member Garland defends school board memo from GOP 'snitch line' attacks Fight breaks out between Jordan, Nadler over rules about showing video at Garland hearing MORE (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) from serving on the panel. Jordan and Banks both voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results hours after a pro-Trump mob violently breached the Capitol during the election certification process.
Jordan acknowledged that he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6 during an interview last week.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement last month.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyJuan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (R-Calif.) hit back in a separate statement, calling Pelosi's move "an egregious abuse of power."
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey of 1,788 registered voters was conducted from July 28 to 29. 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. Respondents are recruited via voter panel providers on a randomized basis, and their responses are then weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative poll conducted online, it does not report a probability confidence interval.