September 26, 2012

Survey: It's Only a War Crime When Republicans Do It
Also, Nuke the Terrorists!

A new poll shows that people are more likely to support the practice of harsh interrogation techniques under a Democratic administration then under a Republican one:

the poll numbers suggest that Americans have become more hawkish on counterterrorism policy since Barack Obama became president.

Consider this: In an October 2007 Rasmussen poll, 27 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should torture prisoners captured in the fight against terrorism, while 53 percent said it should not. In my YouGov poll, 41 percent said they would be willing to use torture -- a gain of 14 points -- while 34 percent would not, a decline of 19 points...

Respondents in 2012 are more pro-waterboarding, pro-threatening prisoners with dogs, pro-religious humiliation, and pro-forcing-prisoners-to-remain-naked-and-chained-in-uncomfortable-positions-in-cold-rooms....

Support for assassinating terrorists has also grown, though not as much as for torturing them. In part this is because assassinations have always been quite popular.

And my favorite part?
A quarter of all Americans are willing to use nuclear weapons to kill terrorists. No joke....

To be honest, I threw in the nuclear bomb question on a lark, not expecting to find much. Boy, was I wrong.

Count me in that 25%.

So, I now have precisely one good reason to vote Obama.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:05 AM | Comments |