The mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol may have been a fringe group of extremists, but politically motivated violence has the support of a significant share of the U.S. public, according to a new survey by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The survey found that nearly three in 10 Americans, including 39% of Republicans, agreed that, “If elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves, even if it requires violent actions.”
The level of distrust among Republicans evident in the survey was such that about eight in 10 said the current political system is “stacked against conservatives and people with traditional values.” A majority agreed with the statement, “The traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.” The AEI survey found that white evangelicals were especially prone to subscribe to the Q Anon movement’s conspiracy theories.
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In a new AEI survey, a majority of Republicans agreed that “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.” Eight in 10 said the current political system is “stacked against conservatives.” https://t.co/dL77GVGXB3
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