Poll: Americans give Trump lion's share of blame for Jan. 6 riot

Results show a significant political divide affecting how Americans view who is responsible for the storming of the U.S. Capitol.


A majority of Americans support ongoing law enforcement efforts to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a new poll that also asked who was responsible for the violence.

The new UMass Amherst/WCVB poll found that 45% say they hold former President Donald Trump most responsible when selecting from a set list of individuals and groups. Among only those voters who supported President Joe Biden in 2020, however, 79% say they hold Trump responsible.

Of those who voted for Trump in 2020, only 5% say he is responsible. A plurality of those voters, 33%, instead place the blame on the Democratic Party.

While Americans disagree on who is responsible, the poll found that 52% strongly support the ongoing investigation while another 13% say they are somewhat supportive.

The national poll, conducted April 21-23, also asked 1,000 respondents to select a word that best characterizes the events of Jan. 6. Fifty-eight percent called it a "riot," 48% described it as "insurrection" and 43% called it a "protest."

The poll has a margin of error of 3.4%

When asked the describe the individuals who stormed the Capitol, 54% of respondents selected the words "rioters" and "mob."

Related data from the poll, published Monday, found that 46% say relations between the parties have worsened during Biden's time in the White House.