(PatriotWise.com)- According to the latest Marist poll, while 50 percent of the country think former President Donald Trump should face criminal charges for his part in the January 6 riot, the vast majority don’t think that’s ever going to happen.
Marist asked respondents based on what they have learned from the select committee hearings, did they believe the former president will be charged with any crime related to the January 6 riot. The vast majority, 61 percent, said they didn’t believe charges would be filed against Trump.
Only 28 percent believe the Justice Department will bring criminal charges against Trump while 11 percent weren’t sure.
But when asked if they thought Trump should be criminally charged, 50 percent of respondents said yes while 45 percent said no.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of Republicans (87 percent) said Trump should not face criminal charges for the riot.
Respondents were also asked if they believe Donald Trump deserves at least some blame for what happened at the Capitol that day and a majority, 57 percent, said he does. That is up by 4 points from January when only 53 percent believed Trump was at least partially to blame.
Marist also gauged whether respondents were paying attention to the January 6 committee’s made-for-TV kangaroo hearings. The majority, 58 percent, say they were paying a lot or some attention to the show trials, with 25 percent giving the hearings a lot of attention and 33 percent giving them some attention.
Democrats are overwhelmingly tuned in to the partisan hearings, with 80 percent saying they were giving them a lot or some attention. Fewer Republicans (44 percent) and Independents (55 percent) are that engaged.
But even the media’s endless coverage of the January 6 committee hearings hasn’t shifted Americans’ attention away from more pressing issues ahead of the midterm elections.
According to the Marist survey, Inflation remains the top issue for voters by a wide margin (37 percent). Meanwhile, only 9 percent of respondents named the January 6 hearings as a top issue.