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UMass Amherst Poll Finds Softening Of Some Americans’ Views On The Events At The U.S. Capitol On Jan. 6, 2021

A new UMass Amherst poll finds Americans’ views softening on the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and a growing belief that the nation should “move on” from the attack on our democracy. “In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, many in the mainstream media and prominent elected officials described the event as an ‘insurrection’ and those responsible for the violence that day as ‘insurrectionists,’ embracing a term used to describe an organized and violent uprising against one’s own government,” says Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll. “However, the majority of Americans when reflecting on Jan. 6 have viewed the event as a ‘riot’ and the participants as ‘rioters.’” (WCVB [redistributed by WISN12 Milwaukee, KOAT Albuquerque, KOCO Oklahoma City, WLWT5 Cincinnati, MyNBC5 Burlington, Vt., among others] 1/11/23; News Office release)

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