Poll: Majority says Trump bears responsibility for Capitol riot

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Apart from the rioters themselves, voters hold President Donald Trump most responsible for the events that provoked his supporters to storm the Capitol on Wednesday, according to a new, flash POLITICO/Morning Consult poll — and a majority of respondents also say he bears the blame for the resulting violence.

The poll, conducted from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, shows 63 percent of registered voters believe Trump is at least “somewhat” responsible “for the events that led to” the chaos at the Capitol. Roughly half of respondents, 49 percent, say Trump is “very” responsible.

Lawmakers were forced to shelter in place as both chambers of Congress went into lockdown amid the siege, which resulted in four deaths. The rioters sought to halt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory after Trump had encouraged them to march on the Capitol earlier Wednesday.

The voters surveyed found the president to be more responsible for the events that led to the Capitol break-in than a variety of other groups and public figures, including local law enforcement, congressional Democrats, Vice President Mike Pence, and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).

The only people who bore greater responsibility than the president for the preceding events were those who actually broke into the Capitol, according to the survey, with 80 percent of respondents finding them at least “somewhat” responsible. After Trump, respondents most blamed congressional Republicans, with 52 percent saying they were at least “somewhat” responsible.

Separately, most respondents — 59 percent — agreed that Trump “is responsible for the violence and unrest” that unfolded on the Capitol grounds on Wednesday, while 31 percent disagreed with that sentiment.

The rioters were viewed overwhelmingly, by 70 percent of voters surveyed, as Trump supporters, and a majority of respondents, 59 percent, said they should also be considered domestic terrorists.

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted Jan. 6-7, surveying 1,986 registered voters with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Polls conducted over short time periods can contain additional sources of error.

Morning Consult is a global data intelligence company, delivering insights on what people think in real time by surveying tens of thousands across the globe every single day.

More details on the poll and its methodology can be found in these two documents: Toplines | Crosstabs

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