Majority of Americans fear repeat of Capitol riot: poll

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Majority of Americans fear repeat of Capitol riot: poll

Most Americans believe events similar to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will take place over the next few years, with nearly two-thirds saying the events of that day have changed how Americans think about democratic government, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans, including 47 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats, believe something like the storming of the Capitol will happen again in the coming years, the Axios/Momentive survey found. 

Meanwhile, 63 percent say the attack changed the way Americans view the government, with 31 percent saying it altered perceptions permanently and 33 percent saying the change is temporary. 

Fewer than half of Americans (49 percent) said they still had faith in the country’s democratic system of government, while 37 percent said they had lost faith and 10 percent said they never had faith. When the numbers are broken down by party, 47 percent of self-declared Republicans said they had lost faith, compared to just 28 percent of Democrats.

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Seventy percent of Democrats believe something like the storming of the Capitol will happen again in the coming years.
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Strong majorities do still back the current model that divides power among the three branches of government, with 83 percent of Americans expressing support along with 86 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats. 

Only 13 percent of Americans overall, including 13 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats, believe the government would be more effective if all power was concentrated in a single figure. 

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The poll found that 53 percent of Americans believe the country is more divided today than at any other time in the nation’s history.
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A majority of Americans expect a repeat in the next few years of something like the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the poll.
A majority of Americans expect a repeat in the next few years of something like the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to the poll.
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While most Americans (55 percent) still accept President Biden as the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election, that number is down three percentage points from this time last year. Just 25 percent of Republicans recognize Biden’s victory as legitimate, compared to 89 percent of Democrats.

More than a quarter of Americans (26 percent) believe Biden did not legally win the presidential election, including 53 percent of Republicans and 5 percent of Democrats. Almost one-sixth of Americans (16 percent) said they were not sure.

“It’s dispiriting to see that this shocking thing we all witnessed last year hasn’t changed people’s perceptions,” Laura Wronski, senior manager for research science at Momentive, told Axios, adding that the survey results show that Biden either “hasn’t done enough” to bridge America’s divisions or “he never had a chance.”

“The partisan division is still the story,” Wronski said. 

Indeed, the poll found that 53 percent of Americans believe the country is more divided today than at any other time in its history and that the disunity will continue into the future.

Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 has the support of 58 percent of Americans overall, including 88 percent of Democrats, while 65 percent of GOP respondents oppose its work. 

Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson(R) (D-MS) and Rep. Liz Cheney(C) (R-WY), joined by fellow committee members, speak to the media following  testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss., right) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo., center), joined by fellow committee members, speak to the media in July following testimony to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol.
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More data obtained from the survey.
More data obtained from the survey.
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The poll surveyed 2,649 adults between Jan. 1 and 3 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.

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