Voter majority says Congress should also investigate BLM protests

A majority of likely voters want Congress to not only investigate the Jan. 6 protest in Washington, but also the riots in major cities last year. (Screen snip, YouTube, PBS)

As the U.S. House wrestles with who will be allowed to sit on the January 6 Select Committee to investigate the protest on Capitol Hill over the 2020 election outcome, a majority of likely voters thinks Congress “should also investigate the Black Lives Matter protests that sparked violence in major cities last year.”

The poll, done jointly by the National Police Association and Rasmussen Reports, found 66 percent of likely voters want the investigation. According to Rasmussen, “Majorities of every racial group and political affiliation support a congressional investigation of last year’s violent protests. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of whites, 64% of black voters, 66% of Hispanics and 62% of other minorities think Congress should investigate the 2020 riots in U.S. cities.”

The survey results were released coincidentally as Fox News was reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had rejected the names of two Republican congressmen nominated to the Jan. 6 committee. They were identified as Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks from Indiana, both allies of former President Donald Trump. Pelosi said she turned thumbs down on both congressmen to protect the “integrity” of the special committee.

“We said all along that this was a purely partisan exercise by the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi’s rejection of me and Jim Jordan shows once again she is the most partisan figure in America today,” Banks said, according to Fox.

While the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot was a one-day event, the violent protests that rocked the country last year went on for weeks, and sometimes months. Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., saw some of the worst trouble, with both cities losing scores of police officers as their police department budgets were trimmed by elected municipal officials who chose to accommodate protesters demanding that police agencies be defunded.

The NPA “blamed reaction of elected officials to last year’s protests, which began after the death of George Floyd during a May arrest in Minneapolis, for a subsequent rise in violent crime.”

The survey of 996 likely voters was done July 16-18 by NPA and Rasmussen with a margin of sampling error of +/- three percentage points. It has a 95 percent level of confidence.

According to Rasmussen, 75% of Republicans, 60% of Democrats and 63% of Independents say Congress should investigate last year’s violent protests.

According to a study of 68 cities by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Rasmussen Reports noted in announcing the survey results, last summer “there were at least 574 protests that involved acts of violence, including assaults on police officers, looting and arson.” Rasmussen added that the number of voters who want Congress to investigate last year’s protests “is higher than the 49% who say they support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot.” Forty-two percent (42%) say they don’t support the January 6 investigation, Rasmussen added.

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