*NEW*— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
CBS News poll: A year after Jan. 6, violence still seen threatening U.S. democracy, and some say force can be justified
This is the first in a CBS News Elections and Polling series studying the state of democracy.
Read it here: https://t.co/AtJ0UPvQbz
Even as so many Americans decry the events of January 6, the day has had lasting impacts on the nation’s psyche, the most immediate of which is that millions of Americans think more violence is coming… pic.twitter.com/jl6qZZwkyn— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
Most Reps disapprove of the Jan 6 events, but do offer descriptions that are less harsh.— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
The intensity with which Reps disapprove softened over the summer & has stayed softer. A year ago, most strongly disapproved, but today, slightly more somewhat disapprove than strongly do. pic.twitter.com/lD7r1wWHp5
Most Americans — including most Democrats, but just a fifth of Republicans — call it an insurrection and describe it as an attempt to overturn the election and the government. https://t.co/AtJ0UPvQbz pic.twitter.com/uaZMFVzHLh— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
What should Trump do next?— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
There is 12% of the country, and a fifth of Trump’s 2020 voters, that want Trump to fight to retake the presidency right now, before the next election. https://t.co/AtJ0UPvQbz pic.twitter.com/r3vARiENgo
Most say that should be done through legal channels. But a third within that 12% say he should use force if necessary. While that only amounts to 4% of the population, it translates into millions of Americans effectively willing to see a forceful change in the executive branch.— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
We followed up asking if your side lost and violence took place, would you favor it?— CBS News Poll (@CBSNewsPoll) January 2, 2022
A mere 2% would. But a quarter left it open, saying it depends on the circumstance — and we see political differences, with Republicans twice as likely as Democrats to say that it depends. pic.twitter.com/Tein3lUQsy
People widely call the January 6 attack a protest that went too far, but how much further becomes more partisan. Most Americans — including most Democrats, but just a fifth of Republicans — call it an insurrection. https://t.co/zOKjPJGOBd pic.twitter.com/ChmpNyDzq4— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 2, 2022
Having said all that – it’s very few Americans favor who the idea — as far-fetched as it might be — of a split up of red and blue states… pic.twitter.com/x5zII6UPDR— Anthony Salvanto (@SalvantoCBS) January 2, 2022
I will take it.
Only 56% strongly oppose the dissolution of the Union. 44% either support it or are somewhat opposed to it. 23% are inclined to support disunion.
“Outright approval of what happened comes only from a minority of Americans, but it certainly is there. Those who approve are younger and use right-leaning news sources and social media more, but they also have what seem like larger items than just their views about 2020 or an election. They are more likely to say the United States should divide into “red” and “blue” countries. There’s a relationship between approval and conspiracy theories: among Americans who think QAnon ideas are at least probably true, approval of the Capitol events goes up to 50%. …”
17% of Americans support the “insurrection.”
Opposition to the “insurrection” has softened over the past year. Younger Republicans have a dimmer view of “our democracy” and seem more likely to support dissolving the Union.