As the nation reflects on the events of January 6, a new poll reveals that 25% of Americans believe the FBI may have had a hand in instigating the events of the day. The poll, which was conducted by the University of Maryland, is the latest to shed light on the public’s perception of the Capitol Hill riots.
The installation of President Joe Biden has been marred by the unruly mob of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in what is now widely described as a domestic terrorist attack. While the exact motivations of the rioters are still being investigated, the poll results suggest that one in four Americans are skeptical of the official story behind the riots.
The poll, which surveyed 1,520 randomly selected adults in the U.S., revealed that a substantial portion of respondents believed the FBI knew about the planned insurrection in advance and allowed it to happen anyway. This sentiment is not restricted to any particular party affiliation or demographic group, with 22 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of Democrats, and 23 percent of independents subscribing to the belief that the FBI may have known about the Capitol Hill riots prior to their occurrence.
The poll results come at a charged moment in the nation’s history, with the Biden administration actively pursuing investigations into the events of January 6. While these polls indicate a degree of skepticism among the public over the official account of the incident, experts have been quick to point out that the FBI has been widely praised by both Democrats and Republicans for its handling of the investigation.
The findings of the poll also reflect the deep divide in the country over a range of issues, ranging from the investigation into the presidential election to the impeachment of Donald Trump. At a time when the public is increasingly distrustful of government authorities, the poll results provide a valuable insight into the opinions of the American public on this sensitive topic.
While the poll does not conclusively prove the involvement of the FBI in the events of January 6, it does indicate that a significant portion of the public believes that the federal government had prior knowledge of the insurrection. As the Biden administration continues to unravel the events of that day, this poll should serve as a reminder that the public is paying close attention to the ever-evolving story of that fateful day.