This summer’s much-touted congressional hearings on last year’s Capitol riots have failed to convince Americans of former President Donald Trump’s guilt — 40% said they would still support the 45th president if he were to die, according to a new poll would run again in 2024.
The Monmouth University poll released Tuesday also found that just 38% of Americans believe Trump was “directly responsible” for the Jan. 6, 2021 violence, compared with 42% who said the same thing ahead of the eight televised House of Representatives hearings thought .
Another 26% said Trump was not directly responsible but encouraged the rioters, and 32% said he did nothing wrong — a percentage point or two higher than before the hearings.
“The sensational revelations during the hearings do not appear to have moved the needle of public opinion about Trump’s culpability in the rioting or his false voter fraud claims,” said Patrick Murray, director of the University of Monmouth Polling Institute, in a statement. “This continues to provide political cover for Republican leaders who avoid addressing the damage done to our democratic processes that day.”
During the hearings, two of which were held during prime East Coast viewing times, the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans detailed Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election result — as well as his lack of activity when hundreds of his supporters flouted the Capitol and suspended the hearings joint session of Congress that certified Joe Biden’s victory.
One of the hearings on June 28 included live testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who claimed the 45 supporters on Jan. 6 — then tried to grab the steering wheel of his SUV, and pounced on a secret service agent.
Despite the lurid claims, less than a quarter of respondents (23%) said they followed the hearings “a lot”, while 77% said they followed “little” or “not at all” developments. ”
The Monmouth poll found a majority of Americans — 41% — support indicting Trump for Jan. 6-related crimes. Another 34% said they were against possible charges, while 25% said they were unsure.
Almost as many Americans – 40% – said they would “definitely” (23%) or “probably” (17%) vote for Trump if he ran for the White House for the third straight term. Another 8% said they would “probably not” vote for him and 48% said they would “definitely not” support him.
Despite skepticism about a possible indictment of Trump, 61% of Americans said they have at least some confidence in the panel to conduct a fair investigation — up from 56% who thought the same thing in June.
The committee is scheduled to resume its public hearings in September.
The Monmouth survey was conducted from July 28 to August 1 among a sample of 808 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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