Majority says CIA harsh interrogations justified

Poll Questions

Q: Changing topics, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a report last week accusing the CIA of physically abusing suspected terrorists in interrogations from 2001 to 2009 and misleading White House officials, Congress and the public about its activities. The CIA says the report is one-sided and incomplete. What’s your impression – do you think the report is fair or unfair in its description of what happened?

No opinion

Q: Do you think the CIA did or did not intentionally mislead the White House, Congress and the public about its activities? (IF DID INTENTIONALLY MISLEAD:) Do you think that was justified or unjustified?

Q: Do you personally think the CIA treatment of suspected terrorists amounted to torture, or not?

No opinion

Q: As best you can tell, do you think the CIA treatment of suspected terrorists did or did not produce important information that could not have been obtained any other way?

No opinion

Q: Which of these statements comes closer to your own opinion: (It was wrong to release this report because it may raise the risk of terrorism by increasing anti-American sentiment) OR (It was right to release this report in order to expose what happened and prevent it in the future)?

No opinion

Q: Do you think there should or should not be criminal charges filed against officials who were responsible for the CIA interrogation activities?

No opinion

Q: All in all, do you think the CIA treatment of suspected terrorists was justified or unjustified?

No opinion

Q: Looking ahead, do you feel that torture of suspected terrorists can often be justified, sometimes justified, rarely justified or never justified?