Although the U.S. House is investigating the riots of January 6, most Americans would rather have it look into last summer’s deadly Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.
Two out of three likely U.S. voters say they believe Congress should open an official investigation into the violent protests that blazed a trail of arson and looting through major and mid-sized cities nationwide, according to a survey. On the other hand, fewer than half of Americans support Pelosi’s investigation of the D.C. riot in which rioters protesting the integrity of 2020 presidential election stormed the capitol.
Pelosi last week refused to seat the Republican legislators chosen by their leaders to sit on the committee. The move drew scorn from even moderate Democrats who said Pelosi was further dividing the nation.
Support for a federal inquiry into the riots that engulfed U.S. cities after the death of George Floyd cut deeply across racial and political lines.
The news that Black voters were equally as whites to demand an investigation into BLM bodes ill for the Democrat Party which closely affiliated itself with the violent protests. It also comes as the approval rating of President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has plummeted among all voters.
“Sixty-seven percent of whites, 64 percent of black voters, 66 percent of Hispanics and 62 percent of other minorities think Congress should investigate the 2020 riots in U.S. cities,” Rasmussen Reports said. “Seventy-five percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party say Congress should investigate last year’s violent protests.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial select committee stands on shakier ground. Americans were almost evenly divided on whether members of Congress should launch another examination of the capitol riot, which Pelosi and her fellow Democrats label an insurrection. Forty-two percent of respondents told pollsters that the event does not merit a national inquest, with 49 percent in favor. By contrast, only 21 percent of Americans said Congress should not investigate the riots surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
The riots were the most expensive in U.S. history, costing insurance companies an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion, according to Property Claim Services. That estimate includes only the share of the damage that insurance companies cover. The riots also left hundreds of police officers and civilians injured, and dozens killed, in their wake.
Approximately 72 percent of major city law enforcement agencies had officers harmed during last summer’s riots, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association. A single police agency reported that 462 of its officers were injured during the protests in its jurisdiction. Tragically, at least 27 people died during the riots.