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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  • Big Bear

    Or maybe — as frequently happens — poll questions phrased to produce specific desired results succeeding in producing desired results.

  • SausageAway

    If Americans are not “ok” with torture: where are the protests? Where is the anger? Where is the demand that those responsible are held to account: all the way to the very top?

    If it walks like a limp apathetic duck, if it quacks like a torture supporting duck…


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  • Me Who

    Or, perhaps they were tampered with by who knows who,

  • Richard Sievert

    Its funny AlterNet thinks Americans do, and now there calling us all crazy. Five hundred comments of mine where removed by bad hosts don’t go to AlterNet there a bunch of atheist God haters!