A majority of Americans want an independent commission to be established in order to investigate the January 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
That was the finding of a Monmouth University Poll released March 17, which showed 53% of Americans believe an independent commission, one that has been proposed by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, is the best way to get the truth about the Jan. 6 riot.
The national survey established respondents want the commission to look into a broad array of factors, including missteps by the U.S. Capitol police and the role white supremacists and militia groups played.
Additionally, many Americans want the commission to examine voter fraud claims in the 2020 election, with 33% of Americans looking for this type of investigation.
Focus on Police, White Nationalism, and Militant Groups
“The public believes that an independent commission is the best way to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in a press statement. “They not only want the commission to look into security lapses at the Capitol, but also to examine the destabilizing forces in American politics that fed the attack.”
The poll found three major categories where survey respondents wanted the independent commission to focus their investigation.
Eighty-one percent of those surveyed desire a commission to investigate why the Capitol Police failed to prepare for the crowds gathering on Jan. 6, followed by 76% of respondents concerned with the rising influence of militant groups across the country.
Getting to the Truth
Additionally, 70% of those answering the survey wanted to determine the role of white nationalists in the Capitol Riot.
“Many Americans point to underlying racism in society as a key factor that led to the violence in January,” said Murray. “Most say white nationalism presents a challenge for the nation as a whole. It appears to help feed the belief in conspiracy theories in general.”
As other recent polls done by the university located on the Jersey Shore showed, their is a partisan divide to the questions asked. All three areas were supported by 9 in 10 Democrats, but interest varied among Republicans.
Comparatively, two-thirds of Republicans and Independents support a commission looking into police preparations and the growth of militancy, and more than 50% support looking into the role that white nationalism played.
Election Fraud Claims
Despite public debunking from elections officials across the U.S., many were interested in determining whether there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 Election.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents were interested in this investigation as 79% percent of Republicans and 59% of independents would support such an investigation, with only 45% of Democrats saying the same.
“The justification for allowing a commission to pursue a wide-ranging inquiry is the fact that a sizable chunk of the public continues to believe a false narrative about voter fraud determining the November election result,” said Murray.
A majority of Americans (62%) believed President Joe Biden won the presidency fairly, but 32% believed the win was largely due to voter fraud. This number was unchanged from polls taken immediately after the election.