Poll: 1 in 5 Americans supports storming of US Capitol

A YouGov poll finds that 1 in 5 Americans support the storming of the US Capitol, including nearly half of Republicans.

The survey of 1,397 Americans who were aware of the event indicates that 21 percent overall back the riot, including 45% of Republicans. Another 43% of Republicans oppose it.

Some 62% of respondents saw the incident as a threat to democracy — among Democrats, the number rose to 93%, while among Republicans, just 27% agreed. Most Republicans (68%) say it does not represent a threat to American democracy.

Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump, sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)