Respondents’ views on Thomas broke largely along party lines. While 76 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents think Thomas should recuse himself, just 31 percent of Republicans think so. And while only 11 percent of Democrats are against Thomas removing himself from the cases, nearly half — 49 percent — of Republicans are.
Knowledge of the Virginia Thomas controversy varied among respondents. Of those polled, 22 percent said they’d seen, read or heard “a lot” about Virginia Thomas repeatedly pressuring Meadows to try to overturn the 2020 election, and 27 percent said they’d seen, read or heard “some.” Nineteen percent said “not much,” and 31 percent responded “nothing at all.”
The 29 text messages obtained by CBS News and The Washington Post were provided by Meadows to the Jan. 6 Committee. In one message, Virginia Thomas wrote, “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! … You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.” In another, she sent a conspiratorial YouTube video alleging that authentic ballots were laced with a digital blockchain watermark.
Virginia Thomas was also in attendance at the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally outside the White House, where Trump urged supporters to flock to the Capitol in an effort to block the certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump supporters stormed from that rally to the Capitol, where rioters attacked police and fought their way into the building, advancing into the Senate chamber and as far as the doors of the House of Representatives. The riot prompted lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence to flee to safety and left dozens of police officers injured.
One officer died in the days immediately after the insurrection and several officers from both the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department have since died by suicide. One rioter was also shot and killed by police during the insurrection.
A number of 2020 election-related cases could make their way to the Supreme Court in the future. More than 800 criminal cases stemming from the Jan. 6 riot have been filed across the country, as have a series of civil suits against Trump and others alleging their culpability in triggering the riot. Some of these cases are already at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Virginia Thomas’ influence in Washington’s conservative circles is not entirely clear. A recent POLITICO story called her “part gadfly, part name dropper, and a major D.C. fixture,” based on conversations with former White House officials, conservative activists and others close to the Thomases.
Among those polled, 28 percent said they held favorable views of Clarence Thomas, while 36 percent said they viewed him unfavorably. Another 36 percent had no opinion or had never heard of him.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted from April 1-4, reaching 2003 registered voters nationwide. The survey’s margin of error for the full sample size was plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.