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Jan. 6 Capitol riot committee support slipping among GOP, independents: polls

Among Republicans and independents, support for a congressional investigation into the events of Jan. 6 is plummeting just as Democrats are gaveling in on the first hearing of the select committee on the Capitol riot.

A new Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 52 percent of Republicans are against a congressional probe, up 9 points since June. Likewise, independents reported their support for it has dropped 13 points, coming in at 52 percent approval.

These numbers jibe with two polls last week, one from CBS News that found the number of Republicans who “strongly disapprove” of the Capitol riot probe in the House fell from 51 percent to 39 percent, and a Rassmussen Poll that reported 66 percent of Americans want investigations into last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests that descended into riots, while only 49 percent approve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 select committee.

Police hold back supporters of US President Donald Trump as they gather outside the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
A new Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 52 percent of Republicans are against a congressional probe of the Jan. 6 riots.
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In all of the surveys, Democrats strongly supported the efforts of the select committee, and in the latest, a majority of all Americans, 58 percent, are in favor, but that number is down from 66 percent just a month ago.

The polling data give context to congressional Republicans’ recalcitrance regarding the hearings. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has declined to seat any members after Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked his appointments of GOP Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio last week.

The committee is proceeding, chaired by Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), with two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both of whom were appointed by Pelosi, leading McCarthy to refer to the pair as “Pelosi Republicans.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., joined from left by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) has referred to GOP members of the committee as “Pelosi Republicans.”
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Part of the committee’s task will be to reverse these polling trends and convince Americans, especially independents, to shift their support back in favor of a robust recounting of the riot.

Republicans, though they have promised their own investigation into the security failures on Jan. 6, have decided that refusal to participate in the Democrats’ committee is their best move, and so far they have some polling to back up that position.

The committee began its first hearing Tuesday, featuring law enforcement officers who were present at the riot appearing in their personal capacities.

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