45% See Assault on US Capitol as Major Threat to Democracy

Question 1:

How closely have you followed recent news stories about the January 2021 assault on the United States Capitol?

24%    Very closely

40%    Somewhat closely

22%    Not very closely

10%    Not at all

4%    Not sure

Question 2:

Which of the following do you believe constitutes a major threat to democracy in the United States?

45%    The January 2021 assault on the United States Capitol

11%    Requiring voters to show identification before voting

23%    The 2017 shooting of  Republican members of Congress at a softball practice

64%    Letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on January 3-4, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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