52% Of Republicans Say Rioters “Protected Democracy”

ABC News reports:

An overwhelming majority (72%) of Americans believe the people involved in the attack on the Capitol were “threatening democracy,” while 1 in 4 Americans believes that the individuals involved were “protecting democracy.” Broken down by party identification, Democrats are nearly unanimous (96%) in believing that those involved in the attacks were threatening democracy. Republicans are more split, with 45% saying it was a threat and 52% saying those involved in the riot were “protecting democracy.”

The ABC/Ipsos poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, also shows strongly aligned views among Democrats regarding Trump’s responsibility for the attack, with 91% believing Trump bears either “a great deal” or “a good amount” of responsibility for it. On the other hand, a strong majority (78%) of Republicans believe the former president bears “just some” or no responsibility for the day’s events.

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