A survey of American adults found that the majority believe that democracy and the rule of law in the country are threatened.
66% of those surveyed in the survey CBS News published on Sunday said that democracy was somewhat or very threatened, while 33% said that democracy is safe.
The poll comes days before the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol last year, during which supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke into the site while the legislators in the interior met to certify the electoral victory of the now president, Joe Biden.
Among those surveyed, 83% said they disapprove of people who forced their way to the Capitol.
Most classified the actions of those involved as an insurrection, an attempt to overthrow the United States government, an attempt to reverse the elections to keep Trump in power, and also as a protest that went too far.
As the country prepares for this year’s midterm legislative elections, 68% said they saw the january 6 attack as a sign of growing political violence in the country. With the next presidential vote in 2024, 62% of those surveyed said they expect violence from the losing side.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said they consider Biden the rightful winner of the 2020 election, roughly the same number as in a poll from Washington Post–University of Maryland posted on Saturday.
The survey of Post It also included 45% of respondents who said Trump was largely responsible for the attack, while 28% said he was not.
It also included a long-term increase in the number of people who said that citizens are sometimes justified in taking violent action against the government. In the latest survey, 34% of respondents said yes, up from 23% in 2015 and 13% in 1995.
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