Nearly Three-Fourths Of Voters Are Worried About Violence Before Biden’s Inauguration: Poll

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Nearly three-fourths of registered voters are worried about violence before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a poll published Friday.

The Hill-HarrisX poll found 73% of voters are somewhat or very concerned about violence leading leading up to Jan. 20. It also showed that 27% were unconcerned.

Security measures for the inauguration have increased substantially since Jan. 6, when a mob breached the Capitol building. The deadly riot grew from a protest against Congress’s certification of the presidential election results.(RELATED: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Asks Trump And Several Federal Agencies To Help Prepare For Biden Inauguration)

Concern about violence before Biden’s inauguration was widely shared among political parties, with 87% of Democrats, 59% of Republicans and 75% of Independents worried about unrest, the poll found. Over half, or 54%, of Democrats said they very concerned about violence before the inauguration.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: A group of Virginia National Guard patrol around the razor wire fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol grounds on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

A group of Virginia National Guard patrol around the razor wire fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol grounds. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Multiple agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI, are teaming up with the Secret Service to help with inauguration security.

Around 21,000 National Guard members will head to Washington, D.C., Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Officials have said more National Guard troops may be added depending on security threats.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a Thursday briefing that they’re finding and investigating multiple online threats concerning the inauguration.

The poll surveyed 2,854 registered voters and there was a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percentage point. The poll was conducted from Jan. 8 through Jan. 11.

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