No, the American People DON’T Support Torture

Were Widely-Publicized Polls Misleading?

We reported last month that Americans support torture … because they don’t know the facts.

But it turns out that Americans’ view on torture may be more nuanced than that.

As several professors reported on December 11th, Americans are NOT okay with most of the torture techniques which their government actually used at Guantanamo, Abu Gharaib, and various “black sites”.

Steven Kull – director of the Program for Public Consultation, affiliated with the University of Maryland – found the same thing.

Bottom line:  Sloppy polling (using vague terms instead of asking about specific techniques) – coupled with Americans’ ignorance about what was done in their name – may have led to misleading results.

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