An overwhelming majority of Americans say they believe the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was incited by federal government agents, a new poll has revealed.
According to a new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 61 percent of U.S. voters say undercover feds helped to provoke the protesters into rioting.
The poll also reveals that voters overwhelmingly support releasing all security videos of Jan. 6 to the public.
80% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is important that the public be able to view all the videos of the Capitol riot, including 58% who think it’s Very Important. Only 17% don’t think it’s important for the public to be able to see all the riot videos.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is reportedly planning to broadcast videos of the Capitol riot that were not previously released by the congressional committee that investigated the riot.
86 percent of Republicans, 78% of Democrats, and 75% of voters not affiliated with either major party want the videos to be made public.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is among Republicans who have expressed concern that federal agents “deliberately encouraged illegal and violent conduct on Jan. 6.”
61 percent of voters believe it is likely that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot.
39% think it’s “Very Likely” that undercover agents incited the riot.
Just 30 percent said they don’t think it’s likely undercover agents helped provoke the riot, including 18% who say it is “Not At All Likely.”
The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on February 26-28, 2023 by Rasmussen Reports.
The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
70 percent of Republicans, as well as 57% of both Democrats and unaffiliated voters, believe it is at least somewhat likely that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot.
47 percent of all Likely Voters believe the special congressional committee that investigated the Capitol riot did a good or excellent job.
Meanwhile, 38 percent rate the special committee as having done a poor job.
While 66% of Democrats rate the anti-Trump Jan. 6 committee as having done a good or excellent job with its investigation, only 26% of Republicans and 47% of unaffiliated voters share that opinion.
56 percent of Republicans give the J6 committee investigation a poor rating, as do 20% of Democrats and 40% of unaffiliated voters.
More whites (34%) than black voters (11%) or other minorities (22%) give the J6 committee an excellent rating.
Majorities of every racial category believe it is important that all the videos from the Capitol riot be made available to the public.
Likewise, majorities of every group – 61% of whites, 62% of black voters, and 64% of other minorities – think it is at least somewhat likely that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot.
57 percent of self-identified conservative voters say it is “Very Likely” that undercover agents helped provoke the riot, compared to 18% of moderates and 26% of liberals.
Among voters who think it is Very Likely that undercover government agents helped provoke the Capitol riot, 88% believe it is Very Important that the public has access to all the videos of the riot.
Democrat President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are those most pleased by the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation.
Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 90% rate the special congressional committee as having done a good or excellent job investigating the Capitol riot.
By contrast, among those who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, just four percent (4%) rate the J6 committee’s work as good or excellent, while 81% give the committee a poor rating.
A majority of voters don’t think Biden has kept his campaign promise to unite Americans.
Most voters give the Biden administration low ratings for its response to the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
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