Among Republicans and Independents support for a congressional investigation into the events of Jan. 6 is plummeting just as Democrats are gaveling in on the first hearing of the select committee on the the Capitol riot.
A new Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 52 percent of Republicans are against a congressional probe, up 9 points since June. Likewise, Independents reported their support for it has dropped 13 percent, coming in at 52 percent approval.
These numbers jibe with two polls last week, one from CBS News that found the number of Republicans who “strongly disapprove” of the Capitol riot probe in the House fell from 51 percent to 39 percent, and a Rassmussen Poll that reported 66 percent of Americans want investigations into last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests that devolved into riots, while only 49 percent approve of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)’s Jan. 6 select committee.
In all of the surveys Democrats strongly supported the efforts of the select committee, and in the latest, a majority of all Americans, 58 percent are in favor, but that number is down from 66 percent just a month ago.
The polling data give context to congressional Republicans’ recalcitrance regarding the hearings. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has declined to seat any members after Pelosi blocked his appointments of Rep. Jim Banks ands Rep. Jim Jordan last week.
The committee is proceeding, chaired by Rep. Benny Thompson, with two Republicans, Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, both of whom were appointed by Pelosi, leading McCarthy to refer to the pair as “Pelosi Republicans.”
Part of the committee’s task will be to reverse these polling trends and convince Americans, especially those who are Independents, to shift their support back in favor of a robust re-accounting of the riot.
Republicans, though they have promised their own investigation into the security failures on January 6th have decided that refusal to participate in the Democrats’ committee is their best move, and so far they have some polling to back up that position.
The committee began its first hearing on Tuesday, featuring law enforcement who were present at the riot appearing in their personal capacities.