(USA Features) Support among Americans for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee to look into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has fallen by double digits following emotional testimony by four Capitol and DC Metro police officers earlier this week to kick off the hearings.
According to the results of polling firm Morning Consult, more Americans have turned against the inquiry since it began.
Among voters from all parties, 53% said they support the probe. But that’s down from 66% in the same survey in June and down from 58% just a week ago.
While four of five Democrats said they back the inquiry, only 25% of Republicans do and about half of Independents.
Fewer than half, or 49%, said they even watched any or all of the committee hearings last week that dominated the Tuesday and Wednesday news cycles.
Support for former President Donald Trump also grew after the hearings.
“And the survey had more bad news for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who appointed all of the members of the committee, including the two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois: The number of voters who blame former President Donald Trump for the riot fell to 56 percent from 61 percent in June,” the New York Post reported.
The survey comes at a very important junction for the investigative panel and its members. The Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has promised that he will quickly subpoena witnesses to possibly include Trump administration officials and some GOP members of Congress.
“Democrats and their two GOP allies on the committee had hoped that the opening hearing, with its at times searing and heartfelt testimony from the officers, would inspire more Americans to demand answers about the riot,” The Post continued.
“Instead the poll indicates the opposite” has happened, the paper added.
Before the investigation kicked off earlier this week, Pelosi drew ire with an unprecedented decision to reject a pair of Republican lawmakers appointed to the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed that Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana would hurt the “integrity of the investigation” over past statements they each have made regarding the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
In response to Pelosi’s decision, McCarthy decided to pull all five of his Republican choices to sit on the panel.
That left only Cheney and Kinzinger, both of whom are noted anti-Trump critics and both of whom voted to impeach him along with the other seven Democrats earlier this year.
“Thursday’s poll continues a downward trend in multiple surveys, with both CBS News and Rasmussen reporting declining interest in the investigation just days before the hearing,” The Post added.