As nearly half of Republicans approve of Capitol riots, two thirds of Americans blame Trump for Capitol riots and majority of people support removing Trump before Biden takes office.


First published in January 2021.


Nearly Half of Republicans Approve of Capitol Riots

The U.S. Capitol building was stormed by an angry pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. Overall, five people died as a result of the riots – one woman shot as she tried to break into a room of lawmakers, three people who died of medical emergencies in the crowd and one Capitol Police Officer who later died due to head injuries sustained from an attack by a rioter. Overall, with five deaths, property destruction and theft and the prolonged length of the attack, many are calling the riot the largest attack on the U.S. Capitol since 1814.

The attack occurred during the early moments of Congress counting all electoral votes in a largely ceremonious declaration of President-elect Biden as the incoming successor to Trump. Continued unsubstantiated claims of election fraud from Trump over the last two months, parroted by a minority of Republicans in the House and Senate, led to a few lawmakers objecting to certain swing states’ electoral votes. These objections, when paired with false claims of election fraud and broad conspiracy theories running rampant within a radical minority of Trump’s voter base, culminated in the out-of-control, violent attack.

At times during the attack, Capitol Police either nonchalantly allowed rioters to get closer to the Capitol or outright encouraged the mob to gather right at its doors and windows. Several videos show sections of police using little or no force in stopping the mob, with some standing to take selfies. Three of the four Capitol Police Board members have since resigned.

According to a recent YouGov survey, while a majority of Americans oppose the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, 45% of Republicans say they’re in support of the riot and believe it’s justified. That’s roughly 33 million voters across the country that believe the angry pro-Trump mob was right in inciting an attack during a live session of Congress that resulted in five deaths.

In response to his party turning away from him and social media companies blocking his accounts, Trump finally acknowledged defeat in the 2020 presidential election through a homemade video. It’s unclear what Trump will seek to accomplish during his last two weeks, with his legacy now firmly cemented as one of the most alienating and discordant presidents in U.S. history. Reports from The New York Times suggest he’s quickly preparing a list of pardons – including himself.

The percentage of U.S. adults who support/oppose the storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. | Statista

Two Thirds of Americans Blame Trump for Capitol Riots

A new survey by Ipsos shows that two thirds of Americans think that outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump carried either a good or a great deal of the blame for the rioting that ensued on the capitol grounds in Washington D.C. last week. 67% said so in a survey carried out on Friday and Saturday among 570 respondents 18 years and older.

Partisan differences prevailed in the survey, but while only 2% of Democrats were willing to let Trump off the hook, 31% of Republicans still thought Trump carried at least a good deal of the blame.

Among Independents, 69% agreed that Trump had a substantial role in inciting the violence that left one policemen dead and 60 more injured. Four protestors also lost their lives.

Share of U.S. adults who think Trump carries much/some/no share of the blame for the rioting in Washington D.C. | Statista

Majority Support Removing Trump Before Biden Takes Office

An ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted in the aftermath of Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol has found that a majority of the U.S. public supports removing President Trump from office before Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20. The research found that 56% of Americans think the current commander-in-chief should be removed ahead of the official transfer of power, a figure that rises to 94% among Democrats before falling to 13% among Republicans.

The poll also found that two-thirds of the public say the president deserves a good amount or a great deal of the blame for last weeks events. The House is set to try and force Vice President Mike Pence to remove Trump by invoking the 25th amendment before moving forward with impeachment, a process that could begin as early as the middle of the week.

The share who think Trump should be removed from office before his first term ends. | Statista


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[This piece was first published in Statista: 1, 2 & 3 written by Katharina Buchholz & Niall McCarthy, Data Journalists, Willem Roper, Editor at Statista.]

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