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Before Jan. 6, democracy is in danger, USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds



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Americans see America’s strengths by overwhelming margins democracyAs inPeril, a new USA TODAY/SuffolkSurvey by the University findsBut, that chilling consensus isThese are based on conflicting assessments of what happened one year ago to the U.S. Capitol.

The clash over what happened and why last Jan. 6 underscores how unsettled the political landscape remains, even as prayer vigils and news conferences commemorate the anniversary of the violent protest that failed to prevent the official certification of the 2020 presidential election.

There are more than 8 partisan lines. inTen Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are concerned about America’s future. democracy. They disagree about whether Jan. 6’s mob was an attempt to undermine democracyIt can be fixed. Eighty-five percent of Democrats call the rioters “criminals.” Two-thirds say that they went too far, but they had an objective.

58% of Republicans believe Joe Biden was not legitimately elected to the White House. This despite audits and investigations. inA half-dozen countries have debunked the claims of voter fraud made by Donald Trump.

“He cast doubt wherever there was doubt.” is”No doubt,” Candice Walters (44), a ticket broker from Bountiful in Utah was quoted as saying. inThis is the poll. “That isIt is really worth taking the chance democracy, isThe fact that nobody will ever believe the same thing again. Some people won’t believe in another election as long they live. They will always feel that they were misled or scammed.

She described it as “horrifying” to watch the attack unfold live on TV last year. inA follow-up interview.

Scot Van Handel (50), is the owner of a construction company inHortonville in Wisconsin had a different opinion. “I think people were down there to protest for a rightful protest,” he said, and things went “a little bit too far.”

The margin of error for the 1,000 registered voters polled by cellphone and landline Dec. 27-30 has been +/- 3.1 percentage points. 

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Mixed view of the House inquiry

The special House committee investigating Jan. 6 plans to hold public hearings within the next few months to lay out its findings on how the rally near the White House on Jan. 6 was organized and financed and how the attack on the Capitol unfolded. An interim report will be released this summer and a final report before the end of the year, chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said.

The timetable isThe panel is tightening because it’s so small isRepublicans likely to disband the group if they take control of Congress inMany political analysts have predicted that the midterms will be a success.

The value of the work of the committee is disputed by Americans. A majority of Americans believe that its investigation is valuable. is”important for the Future of democracy42% consider it a waste of time and say that it is not important enough.

There are many ways to do this. isThe kind of partisan split that characterizes almost all aspects of American politics: 88% say the committee’s efforts isIt is important, 78% of Republicans consider it a waste.

Van Handel laughed, “It’s done already; it’s finished.” “Just let the water over the dam remain water over it.”

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Mary Ann Chaffin (86), a retired woman from Aurora, Colorado and a political independence, described the Jan. 6 attack as “very disheartening” that required an investigation. She praised two Republican House members, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who defied the GOP leadership and agreed to serve on the panel.

“As long that there are people like Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger on this committee, I believe in God.” inChaffin agreed, and said that “it was possible.”

Many aren’t confident that the House committee can provide an accurate and comprehensive account of what occurred. A 54% majority say they are “not very confident” or “not at all confident” about the final report. Only 10% are “very confident” in its conclusions, and 34% are “somewhat confident”.

“The poll tells us that no matter how hard the committee works and exercises its due diligence, it faces a majority of voters who are not confident that it will meet its objectives,” said David Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “When only 10% are very confident it’s quite daunting.” 

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It could happen again. 

Americans believe the nation’s health is at its best by nearly 4-to-1 (71%-19%) democracy isIt is weaker today than it was four-years ago. This is unacceptable isAlmost the same result inA USA TODAY/Suffolk PollThis was taken one year ago, shortly after the attack. 

In other words, one year later, voters don’t have the same level of confidence as they did when the threats were made. democracyEffectively addressed.

They are almost equally divided on whether another attack on Capitol Hill will occur: 48% believe it is unlikely; 46% think it will happen is.

“The way things were, I can see it happening again,” said Judith Cook 62, a Greenville, South Carolina, retired school bus driver. “It wouldn’t be possible, but I could envision it happening again.”

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