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Like millions of other Americans, Franklin Graham watched the disturbing images of last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol with swelling concern and anger.
Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said he was sickened to see "people attack my Capitol and break down the doors of my Capitol" and was dismayed to see how President Donald Trump riled up the protesters.
"I don't think it was the president's finest moment," he said.
But Graham said he doesn't expect the tumult at the Capitol to deter evangelical Christians from continuing to support Trump.
"I don’t think he had any understanding in that moment of what was going to take place," he said. "None of us did."
Graham added: "He regrets it."
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans back the people who stormed the US Capitol during Wednesday’s fatal riots, a new poll found.
Nineteen percent of those surveyed late Wednesday by Ipsos said they support the fervent President Trump backers who breached the west side of the building, compared to 70 percent who said they opposed them and 11 percent who weren’t sure or didn’t know.
Seventy-four percent of those polled, meanwhile, said those who breached the building should be arrested — while 31 percent of Americans said the protests and ensuing riots were “necessary” to protect the nation.
But at the same time, more than half of Americans — 51 percent — said the riots represented an attempted coup, demonstrating the seismic political divide in the country as Trump exits the White House.
President Donald Trump's approval rating has actually increased slightly since his followers' riot on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.
As of Monday, January 11, Trump's approval rating stands at 48 percent, according to the Rasmussen polling firm. About 51 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump's job performance. The former number is higher than in recent polling from the same pollster.
A Rasmussen poll released on December 31, 2020 showed Trump's approval rating at 45 percent. However, in Rasmussen polls released on January 5 and 6, 2021, his approval rating rose to 47 percent. Then, by January 7, the day after the riots, the pollster listed Trump's approval rating as 49 percent, just a point above where it stands as of Monday, January 11.
Rasumussen conducts its polls by calling the landlines and cell phones of American adults using an automated recorded system rather than live human pollsters. The firm's margin of error is plus or minus 5.3 percentage points, according to the polling aggregation site FiveThirtyEight.
A majority of battleground voters want Congress to move on from impeaching President Donald Trump, considering their effort both politically motivated and a waste of time and money, according to a January 12 memo from the pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates.
The survey examined 800 battleground voters in key states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin — from January 10-11 and found the majority oppose both another impeachment attempt and Big Tech dramatically increasing censorship.
The memo, addressed to Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller, found 60 percent of all voters view impeachment — which Democrats plan to push despite the fact that proceedings will not begin until after he is already out of office, per Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) timeline — is “another waste of time and money.”
An even greater percentage, 77 percent, believe the 117th Congress should prioritize dealing with the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, with less than a quarter preferring to prioritize impeaching Trump. Nearly three-fourths also believe that the efforts of the Democrats, to impeach Trump, are “politically motivated to prevent the President from running again, stripping his Secret Service protection, and preventing him from having a presidential Library.”