December 7, 2005

DEMOCRACY DOESN'T ACTUALLY REQUIRE UNANIMITY:

On the Question of Torture, Americans Are Not United (Karlyn H. Bowman, December 7, 2005, Roll Call)

Is torture ever justified? Americans do not appear to have come to a broad consensus on that timely question in the war on terror.

In the Oct. 12-24 Pew Research Center poll, 15 percent of respondents said that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, while 31 percent said it is sometimes justified, 17 percent said it is rarely justified and 32 percent said it’s never justified. Pew asked the question in July 2004 and March 2005 with similar results.

Results from a Nov. 10-11 PSRA/Newsweek poll were similar. Seventeen percent said that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified. Twenty-seven percent said it sometimes could, 18 percent said rarely and 33 percent said torture is never justified.

In the next question, 58 percent said they would support the use of torture by U.S. military or intelligence personnel if it might lead to the prevention of a major terrorist attack. Thirty-five percent said they would not.


Since when is 6 or 7 out of 10 not a consensus?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2005 12:28 PM
Comments

"Since when is 6 or 7 out of 10 not a consensus?"

When they give the wrong answer.

Posted by: b at December 7, 2005 4:51 PM

b, you are today's winner! Johnny, tell him what he's won!

Posted by: Mikey at December 8, 2005 8:19 AM
« A RIGHTEOUS NATION | Main | IF DEMOCRATS DISAGREE WHY DOES HE STILL HAVE THAT JOB?: »