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Poll: Most Americans support torture for terror suspects

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Kellan Howell | The Washington Times

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.

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