Opportunities for Accountability-Related Conversations: Understanding Americans’ Views toward January 6

Jun 08, 2022
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Despite the national unity that initially followed the January 6 Capitol insurrection, conversations surrounding the attack quickly became politicized, the subject of heated disinformation, and polarizing as divergent narratives about "what happened" entrenched.

Developing a shared narrative of and ensuring accountability for–political violence is critical for its non-recurrence. In partnership with Over Zero and Protect Democracy, we conducted polling to understand how Americans are thinking about the events of January 6th, and identify alternative inroads for engaging cross-partisan Americans in conversations surrounding January 6 and related accountability efforts. This report is the first in a series of publications summarizing our findings.

We conducted this research via YouGov in January 2022 on a nationally representative sample of 1,274 Americans.