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46% of Americans Say Torture Is Acceptable

Red Cross poll finds surprising results
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2016 5:37 PM CST
46% of Americans Say Torture Is Acceptable
Holding a single flower each, two protesters wearing black hoods and orange jump suits take part in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 24, 2013, calling for the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Torture: OK or not OK? According to a new Red Cross poll, 46% of Americans find it acceptable to torture enemy combatants, the Guardian reports. The same poll found that 33% of Americans consider torture "a part of war." But, if you're surprised by those numbers, the poll also found that 54% of Americans consider torture "wrong," though the Guardian notes that's a lower proportion than in any other country polled, save Israel (44%) and Palestine (35%).

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