Half of Republicans believe the left led Jan. 6 violence: Reuters/Ipsos pollJason Lange, Reuters
More than half of U.S. Republicans believe the false claim that left-wing protesters led the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot to try to make then-President Donald Trump look bad, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The two-day poll, completed on Wednesday, underscored the deep partisan lens through which many Americans view the assault ahead of high-profile televised hearings in Congress beginning on Thursday.
A look at how Americans have viewed the Jan. 6 Capitol attack — CBS News poll analysisJennifer De Pinto, CBS News
Ahead of the House select committee's first public hearings on its investigation into the events of Jan. 6, 2021, most Americans — 70% — think it's at least somewhat important to find out what happened on that day and who was involved, according to a recent CBS News poll. But Republicans don't see it as important.
Support for controlling gun violence hits its highest point in a decadeDomenico Montanaro, NPR News
Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and an earlier one in Buffalo, N.Y., a majority of U.S. adults say it's more important to control gun violence than to protect gun rights, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Majorities of voters said they would definitely vote for candidates who want to increase mental health funding (86%), require stricter background checks (82%), support red flag laws (74%), want stricter gun laws generally (60%) and ban assault-style weapons, like AK-47s and AR-15s (56%).
Support for gun rights has eroded after nearly a decade of mass shootingsLaura Santhanam, PBS NewsHour
Six out of 10 Americans think it is more important to control gun violence than protect gun rights, a significant rise over the last decade evident in the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, as mass shootings continue to erupt across the U.S.
A growing share of Americans are familiar with ‘cancel culture’Emily A. Vogels, Pew Research Center
Overall, 61% of U.S. adults say they have heard at least a fair amount about the phrase “cancel culture,” up from 44% in September 2020, the first time the Center asked about the term.
Americans are more worried about crime than at any other time this centuryHarry Enten, CNN
The successful recall of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday is arguably the political earthquake of the year so far. Not because the result was unexpected, as polling generally suggested that Boudin would be recalled. Rather, the outcome showed that not even in the Democratic bastion of San Francisco is a progressive safe from the wrath of voters worried about crime. It was the latest sign that crime is a potent issue in municipal elections.
Time for the Democrats’ Chesa Boudin Moment!Ruy Teixeira, The Liberal Patriot
Democrats are hemorrhaging support among Asian voters, alienating other nonwhite voters with their lax approach to public safety and losing many formerly loyal white liberals and moderates who are “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” What to do? The answer seems clear to me. It’s time for Democrats to adopt former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s felicitous slogan: “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.”
Two Different Paths to 41%Amy Walter, Cook Political Report with Amy Walter
President Biden and former president Trump don’t have a lot in common. But, they share the inauspicious distinction of having the lowest approval ratings in modern history for a president 500 days into his first term. The question now is whether the different routes to their subpar approval ratings can tell us anything about the likely outcome of the November midterm.
How bad things are for BidenAaron Blake, Washington Post
It’s not just his approval rating; it’s his lack of a base
Republicans Were Set to Self-destruct. Democrats Didn’t Let Them.Charlie Cook
Democrats have effectively thrown the GOP a lifeline, constructing a ladder for Republicans to climb out of the demographic hole that they’ve dug for themselves.
The Democrats’ Only Real Presidential ChoicesJeff Greenfield, Politico Magazine
As Democrats begin to think about 2024 — if only to cover their eyes from the likely train wreck that the midterms promise — their thoughts can be summarized simply: Will he? Should he? And if not him, who?