Monday, November 14, 2005

Republicans: The Party of Torture

(Via MyDD)

Here's an interesting contrast: In a recent poll by Newsweek on the question of when is torture justified, 59% of Republicans answered "often" or "sometimes", while 60% of Democrats answered "rarely" or "never".

"Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, can sometimes be justified, can rarely be justified, or can never be justified?"
ALL adults-
often: 17%, sometimes: 27%, rarely: 18%, never: 33%, unsure: 5%

Republicans-
often: 25%, sometimes: 34%, rarely: 14%, never: 24%, unsure: 3%

Democrats-
often: 11%, sometimes: 25%, rarely: 20%, never: 40%, unsure: 4%

Independents-
often: 17%, sometimes: 25%, rarely: 21%, never: 31%, unsure: 6%

3 Comments:

Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

While the President is busy assuring the world that we do not torture, military investigators are busy trying to determine who is responsible for the deaths of prisoners who were tortured to death--by the CIA. No wonder they want that exemption.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

In the absence of any hard evidence, I would hazard a guess that Libertarians might skew even farther away from the torture question.

The article has another intriguing set of statistics from a September Newsweek poll (reformatted here for blogspot):

"Do you think the creation of the Department of Homeland Security has made Americans safer, or not?"

Safer/Not Safer/Unsure

45% 49% 6% ALL
68% 28% 4% Republicans
29% 63% 8% Democrats
40% 55% 5% Independents

I am one of those whose opinion goes beyond "Not Safer" clear over to "Less Safe."

9:29 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich,

Yes, on civil liberties issues, the libertarians are often better than the Democrats.

10:29 AM  

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