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Shortly after ringing in the new year, we were reminded of the anniversary of the events of January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Polls have been popping up in the media exploring Americans’ views of that day, especially how they feel about violence being used to reach a political goal.
The right to free speech and assembly are cornerstones of American democracy. Citizens exercising that right have helped define what it means to be American, but how do we feel about events at which exercising this right leads to destruction of property and other forms of violence? Are we more likely to condone violence when it comes from “our side” or is for a goal we care about?
A CBS poll (provided as a pre-read below) poses additional questions we’ll consider at the meeting, including:
• Are there any issues you feel are so important that use of force might be justified depending on the situation, or would force never be justified?
• For private citizens trying to achieve political or policy goals, might it ever be justified for them to cause physical harm or injury to another person? What about intimidating officials or other people in public?
• Do you think the next few years will see an increase in political violence? A decrease? The same amount?
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– CBS News poll: A year after Jan. 6, violence still seen threatening U.S. democracy, and some say force can be justified (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/january-6-opinion-poll-2022/)
– CBS News Poll, Full Results (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QNzK7xBJeWzKlTrHVobLgyFtId9Cgsq_/view)
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