J6 Hearings: New Poll Shows Americans Don't Care

By Seth Cutler | Thursday, 23 June 2022 21:45
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Less than ten percent of Americans are tracking the January 6 committee’s hearings “very closely,” according to a new ABC News poll.

ABC News, in conjunction with Ipsos, discovered that only nine percent of Americans are following the January 6 committee’s televised hearings “very closely.”

The ABC News poll appeared after the committee completed its first complete week of televised hearings. The committee has held three public hearings, with four more on June’s congressional calendar.

Thus far, the committee’s efforts have just made a six percent difference in the amount of Americans who think former President Donald Trump should be held criminally liable for the January 6 Capitol riot.

Although the committee portrays itself as “bipartisan,” ABC’s survey discovered the hearings are divided along party lines. For instance, while 91 percent of Democrats believe Trump should be charged with a crime for the Capitol riot, less than 20 percent of Republicans think so.

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Furthermore, the two Republican members seated on the nine-member committee were handpicked by House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after she rejected the nominees submitted by House GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Trump denounced the “unselect” committee on Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

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“There’s no clearer example of the menacing spirit that has devoured the American left than the disgraceful performance being staged by the unselect committee,” Trump stated. “They’re con people, they’re con artists.”

Trump further denounced the committee, led by Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), for taking witness testimony out of context.

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“The committee refuses to play any of the tape of people saying the good things, the things that we want to hear, It’s a one-way street. It’s a rigged deal,” Trump went on.

Trump’s denouncement echoes remarks made by former Trump adviser Jason Miller, who called out Cheney and the committee for deceptively editing pieces of his testimony throughout the committee’s first primetime hearing.

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Attitudes on whether Americans believe Trump is responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol remain relatively stable. In the new ABC News/Ipsos poll, 58% of Americans believe Trump holds a "great deal" or a "good amount" of responsibility for the attack on the Capitol. This is unchanged from an ABC News/Ipsos poll in December 2021 and similar to the findings of an ABC News/Washington Post poll carried out only after the attack in January 2021.

The poll divides along party lines, with 91% of Democrats believing Trump should be charged with a crime compared to 19% of Republicans. On whether Trump holds a "great deal" or a "good amount" of responsibility for the attack, 91% of Democrats and 21% of Republicans believe he does.

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