- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the use of torture to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll — a level of support typically seen in countries such as Nigeria where militant attacks are common.

The March 22-28 online poll asked respondents if torture can be justified “against terrorists to obtain information about terrorism,” Reuters reported.

About 25 percent said torture is “often” justified while another 38 percent said it is “sometimes” justified. Only 15 percent said torture should never be used, according to Reuters.

More Republicans were in favor of using torture than Democrats. According to Reuters, 82 percent of Republicans said torture is “often” or “sometimes” justified, compared with 53 percent of Democrats.

About two-thirds of respondents also said they expected a terrorist attack on U.S. soil within the next six months.



The poll reflects a growing fear of terrorism across the nation in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings in December that left 14 people dead and other terrorist attacks in France and Belgium claimed by the Islamic State.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said he would advocate for the use of banned torture tactics such as waterboarding to extract information from terrorism suspects. He has also vowed to “bring back a hell of a lot worse” interrogation techniques if elected.

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