With the first full week of hearings for the House Select Committee’s investigation into the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged of a felony for his role in the incident, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
Six in 10 Americans also believe the committee is conducting a fair and unbiased investigation, according to the poll.
In the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, 58% of Americans think Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the riot. That’s a slight increase from late April, before hearings began, when an ABC News/Washington Post poll found 52% of Americans thought the former president should be indicted.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll that asked a similar question days after the January 2021 attack found that 54% of Americans believe Trump should be charged with the crime of inciting a riot.
Attitudes about whether Americans believe Trump was responsible for the attack on the US Capitol remain relatively stable. In the new ABC News/Ipsos poll, 58% of Americans think Trump bears a “big” or “good part” 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 conducted just after the January 2021 attack.
The poll is split along party lines, with 91% of Democrats believing Trump should be charged with a crime compared to 19% of Republicans. As to whether Trump bears a “big” or “good share” of responsibility for the attack, 91% of Democrats and 21% of Republicans say he does.
Among self-declared independents, 62% think Trump should be indicted and 61% think he bears a “great” or “good deal” of responsibility.
The ABC News/Ipsos poll came after the committee held its third of seven public hearings scheduled for this month, which detail what the committee says is a “sophisticated seven-part plan” by Trump and his supporters. to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election. to President Joe Biden.
On Friday, Trump lambasted the audience, calling the panel “crooks,” while continuing to spread false claims about the 2020 election.
“There is no clearer example of the menacing spirit that has consumed the American left than the disgraceful performance staged by the non-selection committee,” Trump said at a conference organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Overall, 60% of Americans believe the committee is conducting a fair and impartial investigation, while 38% say it is not, according to the new ABC News/Ipsos poll. That was also 40% split in the April ABC News/Washington Post poll, which also found 20% of Americans had no opinion on the issue just two months ago.
When it comes to committee fairness, Americans are split again by party in the latest poll, with 85% of Democrats finding the survey fair and unbiased, compared to 31% of Republicans. Opinions of independents fall between the two at 63%.
Democrats are more likely to follow the hearings. Overall, 34% of Americans follow the hearings very closely or somewhat closely, with 43% of Democrats and 22% of Republicans saying so. As a reminder of where political attention lies, just under one in 10 Americans (9%) say they follow the hearings very closely.
As to whether the survey will have an impact at the ballot box, just over half (51%) of Americans say what they read, saw or heard about the hearings made no difference to who they plan to support in the November election. Meanwhile, 29% say they are more likely to support Democratic candidates and 19% say they are more likely to support Republican candidates.
The bipartisan committee, led by Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chairman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., is summarizing its 11-month investigation into the attack. The hearings so far have largely focused on how Trump pushed the “big lie” of a stolen race in 2020 and the pressure campaign on then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The panel also shared never-before-seen footage of the riot and interviews with Trump administration and White House officials.
This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted using Ipsos Public Affairs’ KnowledgePanel® on June 17-18, 2022, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 545 adults. The results have a sampling error of 4.5 points, including the design effect. The partisan divisions are 28-26-40%, Democrats-Republicans-Independents. See key survey results and methodology details here.
ABC News’ Dan Merkle and Ken Goldstein contributed to this report.
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