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Terrorists, Treatment of

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Please tell me if you support or oppose the federal government doing each of the following: Holding U.S. citizens who are accused of terrorism for special military trials, rather than turning them over to the non-military court system. [This question was asked of half the sample.] (SPTRIAL)
  TOTAL %
1) Support 262 52.4
2) Oppose 213 42.6
8) DK/No opinion 25 5
TOTAL500100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Withholding food and water. [QUESTIONS SLEPMETD, FOODMETD, HARMMETD, SHCKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (FOODMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 128 38
2) Unacceptable in all cases 205 60.8
8) DK/No opinion 4 1.2
TOTAL337100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Threatening to harm the suspect s family members. [QUESTIONS SLEPMETD, FOODMETD, HARMMETD, SHCKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (HARMMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 64 19
2) Unacceptable in all cases 271 80.4
8) DK/No opinion 2 0.6
TOTAL337100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Exposing the suspect to extreme heat or cold.[QUESTIONS HOODMETD, HUMLMETD, HEATMETD, KICKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (HEATMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 135 40.2
2) Unacceptable in all cases 194 57.7
8) DK/No opinion 7 2.1
TOTAL336100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Keeping a hood over the suspect s head for long periods of time. [QUESTIONS HOODMETD, HUMLMETD, HEATMETD, KICKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (HOODMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 192 57.1
2) Unacceptable in all cases 140 41.7
8) DK/No opinion 4 1.2
TOTAL336100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Sexually humiliating the suspect. [QUESTIONS HOODMETD, HUMLMETD, HEATMETD, KICKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (HUMLMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 52 15.4
2) Unacceptable in all cases 283 84
8) DK/No opinion 2 0.6
TOTAL337100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Punching or kicking the suspect. [QUESTIONS HOODMETD, HUMLMETD, HEATMETD, KICKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (KICKMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 98 29.1
2) Unacceptable in all cases 232 68.8
8) DK/No opinion 7 2.1
TOTAL337100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Making the suspect go naked. [QUESTIONS NAKDMETD, NOISMETD, WATRMETD, SHOTMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (NAKDMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 82 25.1
2) Unacceptable in all cases 242 74
8) DK/No opinion 3 0.9
TOTAL327100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Bombarding the suspect with loud noise for long periods of time. [QUESTIONS NAKDMETD, NOISMETD, WATRMETD, SHOTMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (NOISMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 175 53.8
2) Unacceptable in all cases 146 44.9
8) DK/No opinion 4 1.2
TOTAL325100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Applying electric shocks to the suspect. [QUESTIONS SLEPMETD, FOODMETD, HARMMETD, SHCKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (SHCKMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 56 16.6
2) Unacceptable in all cases 275 81.6
8) DK/No opinion 6 1.8
TOTAL337100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Threatening to shoot the suspect. [QUESTIONS NAKDMETD, NOISMETD, WATRMETD, SHOTMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (SHOTMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 132 40.7
2) Unacceptable in all cases 186 57.4
8) DK/No opinion 6 1.9
TOTAL324100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Not allowing the suspect to sleep. [QUESTIONS SLEPMETD, FOODMETD, HARMMETD, SHCKMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (SLEPMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 223 66.4
2) Unacceptable in all cases 110 32.7
8) DK/No opinion 3 0.9
TOTAL336100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases. Holding the suspect s head under water. [QUESTIONS NAKDMETD, NOISMETD, WATRMETD, SHOTMETD ASKED OF ONE-THIRD OF SAMPLE] (WATRMETD)
  TOTAL %
1) Acceptable in some cases 70 21.3
2) Unacceptable in all cases 254 77.4
8) DK/No opinion 4 1.2
TOTAL328100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Just your best guess, do you think the U.S. government as a matter of policy is or is not using torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism? (TORTPOLI)
  TOTAL %
1) Is using torture 507 50.9
2) Is not using torture 432 43.3
8) DK/No opinion 58 5.8
TOTAL997100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


On another subject, some people say (its acceptable to torture people suspected of terrorism, in cases where other methods have failed and the authorities believe the suspect has information that could prevent terrorist attacks and save lives.) (Other people say the use of torture is never acceptable because it s cruel, it may violate international law, it may not work, and it could be used unnecessarily or by mistake on innocent people.) Whats your view -- do you think it s acceptable to torture people suspected of terrorism in some cases, or do you think the use of torture is never acceptable? [Rotate items in parentheses] (TORTVIEW)
  TOTAL %
1) Torture is acceptable in some cases 353 35.3
2) Torture is never acceptable 632 63.3
8) DK/No opinion 14 1.4
TOTAL999100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


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Forms of Torture: This question type asks the respondent about the acceptability of specific forms of torture when handling/interrogating terrorism suspects.
General View: This question type asks about the acceptibility of torture in the handling of terrorism suspects.

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