On take-up-arms question, One-in-three Republicans, compared to one-in-five Democrats thought it’s soon perhaps time
The finding comes amid the televised Democrat-led House committee’s hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, which has focused in large part on whether former President Trump and members of his inner circle helped incite the riot.
The survey was led by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Joel Benenson.
The institute said the survey was designed to “probe polarization and its relationship to the news sources upon which Americans rely in a fractionated media environment.”
“The portrait that it paints reveals not only the growing divides we have witnessed in recent years but strong sentiments that the majority of media outlets contribute to these divisions by intentionally misleading their audiences to promote a political point of view,” the institute also said.
On the issue of new sources, CNN was rated by 47% of respondents as making “a good faith effort to report the news,” while 41% said the cable network intentionally tries “to mislead their viewers to persuade people to take a political point of view.”
Only about one-in-three surveyed indicated the Fox News Network passed on the “good faith” test, the survey also found.