January 6th, 2021 - Views From Across The Aisles

January 6th, 2021 - Views From Across The Aisles

The same incident – different takes; the same picture – different angles. Describing the events of January 6 – was it a riot, insurrection, or domestic terrorism?

Raghavan Mayur
Raghavan Mayur

The events that took place on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, are burned into our memories. It was a dark day for democracy, no matter which party you identify with.

To gauge America’s feelings about the day’s events, we chose about twenty-one words that various media, people, and institutions have used to describe it. We gave our 1,305 survey participants an option to select up to three words that they felt best to describe the events of January 6 in Washington, D.C.

The results read:

  • Domestic terrorism - 25%
  • Riot - 21%
  • Protest - 15%
  • Armed insurrection – 14%
  • Unlawful entry – 13%
  • Insurrection – 13%
  • Vandalism – 12%
  • Civil disobedience – 12 %
  • Mob – 12 %
  • Trespassing – 11%
  • Demonstration – 10%
  • Rebellion – 10%
  • Sedition – 7%
  • Looting – 6 %
  • Uprising – 6%
  • Siege – 6%
  • Revolt – 5%
  • Coup – 5%
  • Mutiny – 4%
  • Self-coup – 4%
  • Petty theft – 3%
  • Not sure – 13 %

Surprisingly, the word 'riot' is the only one that appears in the top five across party lines. Riot is ranked first among Independents, second among Republicans, and third among Democrats. It is worth noting that 26 percent of Independents, 22 percent of Republicans, and 19 percent of Democrats used the word "riot."

Beyond party leanings, political ideology plays a huge role in how the events on Capitol Hill are viewed. Here are the top five/seven picks based on ideology:


  • 24% - protest
  • 20% - riot
  • 18% - demonstration
  • 15% - civil disobedience
  • 14% - unlawful entry


  • 26% - domestic terrorism
  • 25% - riot
  • 17% - armed insurrection
  • 14% - Insurrection
  • 14% - Unlawful entry


  • 41% - domestic terrorism
  • 24% - armed insurrection
  • 22% - insurrection
  • 19% - riot
  • 14% - vandalism

Similar to parties, Americans of all ideologies pick ‘riot’ among their top-5 choices.

America has been a democracy for more than two centuries. Respect for the nation’s symbols is an indelible part of the American culture.

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, we can all agree on one thing: no American wants the events of January 6th, 2021, repeated.

The country must move beyond rhetoric and implement constructive changes that are acceptable to all citizens to ensure that.

The first step in moving forward is to understand the perspective of all sides. And we certainly hope that our data contributes to the groundwork.

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