Third of Americans think Violence Against Gvt 'Sometimes Justified'
Third of Americans think violent action against the government could sometimes be justified, a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland shows.
According to the polls, 34% of respondents were prepared to justify violent action – up from 23% in 2015 and only 16% in 2011. The number of those who said violence was “never justified” dropped significantly to 62% from 76% in 2011.
Among those prepared to accept violence, the most cited justifications were circumstances in which the US government “violates or takes away rights or freedoms” or “oppresses people” (22%). In the event that the country is “no longer a democracy,” “becomes a dictatorship” or experiences a military coup, 15% said violence would be justified.
Forty percent of Republicans approved of violent actions against the government, compared to 23 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents, the poll found. In general, the percentage of people who said violence against the government was sometimes justified has increased over the past few years.
Sixty-two percent of respondents believe violence is never justified, while four percent either had no opinion on that or said they did not think violence was justified.
The poll was conducted on 17-19 December and included 1,101 adults. It came just weeks before the US was nearing the one year anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, when a mob of pro-Trump activists came to the Capitol to disrupt a Congressional session assembled to formally announce Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.
Some of the rioters clashed with police and vandalised property. The
incident claimed several lives and left dozens more injured.