What is most astounding is the fact that Republican voters are now more likely to blame Joe Biden and congressional Democrats for the events that led up to the attack than Trump and Republicans in Congress. Today, 41% of GOP voters blame Biden while just 30% blame Trump, and 52% of Republican voters blame Democrats in Congress while just 22% blame GOP lawmakers. Stunning—GOP voters are more than twice as likely to blame Democratic lawmakers than Republican lawmakers for the events leading up to the Jan. 6 siege.
Among the broader electorate, views of who was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection haven’t shifted all that much, even as Republican voters became far less likely to hold Trump and congressional Republicans to account.
“What’s happening isn’t partisan polarization but asymmetric polarization, with Republicans separated from Democrats and independents on everything from whether the 2020 election results were legitimate, to assessments of how Trump handled and Biden is handling COVID, to views about how the economy is doing,” said Amy Fried, chair of the University of Maine’s political science department and co-author of a new book examining conservatives’ distrust in institutions.
GOP voters are also at odds with the broader electorate on how important both Jan. 6 and further examination of the attack are:
- Fully 71% of all voters say it’s either very (51%) or somewhat important (20%) to further investigate the Capitol siege, but just 46% of GOP voters agree
- Overall, 41% of voters say too much attention has been paid to the Jan. 6 riot, including 68% of Republicans with just 36% of independents and 23% of Democrats agreeing
But even as GOP voters have decreasingly held both Trump and congressional Republicans responsible for the Jan. 6 siege, the rest of the electorate associates the rioters with the Republican Party even more so than earlier this year. Today, a 47% plurality of voters overall say the people who breached the Capitol are representative of the Republican Party, up from 42% in January, while a meager 17% of GOP voters say the rioters are representative of the party.