May 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

SurveyMonkey poll: GOP divisions on Jan. 6 commission

Would you support or oppose the formation of a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol?
Data: SurveyMonkey; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Two in three Americans — including the majority of moderate and liberal Republicans — favor creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to a new SurveyMonkey poll for Axios.

Why it matters: Conservative Republicans hold enough influence to block criticism and investigations of Donald Trump in Congress, but that stance could put them at odds with many suburban and college-educated Republican voters ahead of next year's midterms.

By the numbers: 65% of respondents overall said they'd support such a commission. That includes 90% of Americans who align with Democrats, 73% who consider themselves independents and 42% of Republicans.

  • 55% of moderate and liberal Republicans — but just 37% of those identifying as conservative or very conservative — were on board.
  • A commission is more popular with women than men — and more popular with college-educated Americans than non-college-educated.
  • 78% of Democrats said their own party is united, while just 58% of Republicans saw themselves as unified.

Between the lines: In a dynamic that's changed little since January, only 22% of Republicans say they believe President Biden legitimately won the election. Another 20% aren't sure and 58% don't accept it.

Methodology: This SurveyMonkey online poll was conducted May 20-21, 2021, among a national sample of 2,695 U.S. adults.

  • Respondents for this survey were selected from the more than 2 million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day.
  • The modeled error estimate for this survey is ±3.0 percentage points for the national sample. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age 18 and over.
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