CNN Poll: Americans say don’t investigate torture

Via Memeorandum. I guess there goes the slam dunk theory that America wanted answers and action and they wanted them now. The torture protesting, ‘Bush Lied, People Died’ screaming fanatics probably weren’t real thrilled by the CNN Poll released. 

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll indicates that most Americans don’t want to see an investigation of Bush administration officials who authorized harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, even though most people think such procedures were forms of torture.

Six in ten people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday believe that some of the procedures, such as water boarding, were a form of torture, with 36 percent disagreeing.

But half the public approves of the Bush administration’s decision to use of those techniques during the questioning of suspected terrorists, with 50 percent in approval and 46 percent opposed.

“Roughly one in five Americans believe those techniques were torture but nonetheless approve of the decision to use those procedures against suspected terrorists,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “That goes a long way toward explaining why a majority don’t want to see former Bush officials investigated.”

 Fifty-seven percent of those questioned don’t want Congress to investigate Bush officials who authorized those harsh interrogation procedures, with 42 percent calling for action by lawmakers. Fifty-five percent also don’t want a similar investigation by an independent panel.

Hot Air adds a little commentary on the results: “One thing I can’t figure out, though: The left swears, up and down, that the ticking-bomb scenario conservatives always use when arguing this subject would never, ever, evah happen in real life. That may be true in the most literal sense — time bombs aren’t a favored weapon of jihadists — but counterterrorism agents typically wait as long as possible before swooping in to make arrests of suspected terrorists in order to gain as much incriminating evidence as they can.”

Power Line says this thing is winding down.  

Stop the ACLU: A wake up call to the Leftist. “I’m sure in their view, most Americans hate America, and civil liberties. Reality, however, says Americans understand the harsh truth of reality, and common sense.”

About these ads

About Jason Bradley

Is a former military member with experience in Iraq and time in Europe. He lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and two young children. His background is in national security and has remained in the field since separating from the military. He is a political science major with strong interests in American politics, history, economics, and foreign policy. This blog is a way to express his interests. He also contributes at -- Big Peace and Big Government. Email him at
This entry was posted in American Society and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to CNN Poll: Americans say don’t investigate torture

  1. K says:

    I’m guessing that a lot of people simply don’t believe any investigation or prosecution would be fairly conducted.

    Whether that perception is correct or not doesn’t matter. Fairness can’t be shown beforehand.

    So the less trusting will say they don’t want one.

  2. Jeff says:

    Love the photo. It has this wholesome slap-in-the-face appeal to it.

  3. Jason says:

    Jeff, it does, doesn’t it!

    K, you are probably right. Secondly, I think most Americans probably agree with the enhanced interrogations. They would just rather not know anymore about it.

    “What I don’t know doesn’t hurt me”

  4. I’m thinking the guys at Powerline have it right; this thing is winding down, if for no other reason than that Nancy Pelosi has been caught in so many lies that their position is untenable. It’s now become apparent that major Democrats knew about it all along and are simply lying about it now.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s