According to the poll, 55 percent of Republicans think it was left-wing protesters who led the uprising in the U.S. Congress.
More than half of US Republicans still believe that the January 6 Capitol riots were a conspiracy by leftist protesters, according to a new poll.
At least 55 percent of Republicans believe the debunked conspiracy theory that the left caused the riots to make former US President Donald Trump look bad, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Meanwhile, the select committee set up to investigate the attack began its sensational hearings on Thursday.
Trump is accused of “attempting a coup” over the riots at the Capitol. Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chairwoman, said at the hearing that Trump “sparked this attack.”
Democrat Bennie Thompson said the riots jeopardized American democracy.
“We cannot live in a world where the incumbent administration remains in power based on an opinion that is not supported by specific evidence, such as that the election was rigged,” said former attorney general Bill Barr. Barr said he told Trump several times that he had lost the election and that the allegations of election fraud were false.
But Republicans believe “most protesters are peaceful and law-abiding,” according to a poll of 1004 people conducted this month.
Despite the fact that four people were killed on the day of the attack, at least 140 police officers were attacked and a congressional staffer died the next day, at least 58 percent of Republicans polled said the protests were peaceful.
The Independent reports that the poll also found that “overwhelming majorities of respondents from both parties think it is unacceptable for members of their own party to use violence to achieve political goals.”
But it also found that one in 10 of those in both parties saw violence as “an appropriate political tool”.