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ABC News Poll, Religion and Politics, 2004 - Analysis

TORTVIEW (Weighted by WEIGHT)

On another subject, some people say (it's 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.) What's 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]
 FrequencyPercentCumulative Percent
1) Torture is acceptable in some cases35335.3%35.3%
2) Torture is never acceptable63263.2%98.5%
8) DK/No opinion141.4%100.0%
Missing7
Total Unweighted N = 998





Age (I-AGE)

 18 to 2425 to 2930 to 3940 to 4950 to 6465 or olderMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases51.3%
60
34.7%
33
37.6%
73
34.4%
67
34.3%
79
23.2%
36
535.3%
348
Torture is never acceptable47.0%
55
64.2%
61
61.9%
120
64.6%
126
62.6%
144
75.5%
117
963.2%
623
DK/No opinion1.7%
2
1.1%
1
0.5%
1
1.0%
2
3.0%
7
1.3%
2
01.5%
15
Missing010123210
Total 100%
117
100%
95
100%
194
100%
195
100%
230
100%
155
   
986

Education (I-EDUC)

 Less than high schoolGraduated high schoolSome collegeGraduated collegePost graduateMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases28.9%
46
38.1%
122
36.5%
81
35.7%
74
31.4%
27
435.2%
350
Torture is never acceptable71.1%
113
60.3%
193
62.2%
138
62.8%
130
65.1%
56
263.4%
630
DK/No opinion0.0%
0
1.6%
5
1.4%
3
1.4%
3
3.5%
3
01.4%
14
Missing01132130
Total 100%
159
100%
320
100%
222
100%
207
100%
86
   
994

Political party (I-PARTYID)

 A DemocratA RepublicanAn independentOtherMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases27.1%
95
41.1%
113
37.7%
113
43.3%
26
535.2%
347
Torture is never acceptable71.7%
251
57.5%
158
60.7%
182
53.3%
32
1063.2%
623
DK/No opinion1.1%
4
1.5%
4
1.7%
5
3.3%
2
01.5%
15
Missing1411220
Total 100%
350
100%
275
100%
300
100%
60
   
985

Sex (I-SEX)

 MaleFemaleMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases36.9%
271
30.8%
82
035.3%
353
Torture is never acceptable61.9%
454
66.9%
178
063.2%
632
DK/No opinion1.2%
9
2.3%
6
01.5%
15
Missing7070
Total 100%
734
100%
266
   
1000

Race (I-RACE)

 WhiteBlackWhite HispanicAsianOther raceMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases37.0%
279
18.8%
19
37.1%
26
50.0%
5
33.3%
17
835.1%
346
Torture is never acceptable61.5%
464
80.2%
81
60.0%
42
50.0%
5
66.7%
34
763.4%
626
DK/No opinion1.6%
12
1.0%
1
2.9%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
01.5%
15
Missing70000220
Total 100%
755
100%
101
100%
70
100%
10
100%
51
   
987

Religion (I-RELIGION)

 ProtestantCatholicChristian (non Protestant/Catholic)Other (non Christian)Atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particularMissingTotal
Torture is acceptable in some cases32.8%
149
36.0%
81
39.3%
46
39.5%
15
35.9%
52
935.0%
343
Torture is never acceptable65.4%
297
62.2%
140
59.0%
69
60.5%
23
63.4%
92
863.4%
621
DK/No opinion1.8%
8
1.8%
4
1.7%
2
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
01.5%
15
Missing23110240
Total 100%
454
100%
225
100%
117
100%
38
100%
145
   
979

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