Posted by DrJohn on 7 January, 2022 at 9:42 am. 11 comments already!


CBS News has been taking flack for burying a YouGov poll showing a majority of Americans believe the January 6 Capitol Hill riot resulted from a “protest that went too far” rather than a coordinated insurrection.

While neither favorable toward Democrats or Republicans, the YouGov poll did show that while Americans have strong opinions about what happened on January 6, they were at least united in the idea the day was not an attack on Democracy by Trump-supporting terrorists.

Polling 2,063 U.S. adults with a margin of error ±2.6 percent, the poll showed that 76 percent of Americans believed January 6 was a “protest that went too far” while 55 percent of those polled believed it to be an insurrection; 63 percent believed the riot was to overturn the election and keep Trump in power.

The poll further showed there was a bipartisan consensus among those who believed the January 6 riot was “a protest that went too far” – 80 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of Independents.  However, the graphic shared by CBS News displayed only the other options, leaving out the majority opinions.

When describing the poll, CBS News gave the majority opinion only a passing mention.

“Descriptions of what happened are also similar to how they were a year ago after it happened. [Emphasis added] People widely call it a protest that went too far, but how much further becomes more partisan,” said CBS News. “Most Americans — including most Democrats, but just a fifth of Republicans — call it an insurrection and describe it as an attempt to overturn the election and the government.”

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