December 2006 Values Update Survey

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JUSTTORT

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?
  1) Often justified
  2) Sometimes justified
  3) Rarely justified
  4) Never justified
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Often justified 11.7% 11.7%
Sometimes justified 31.2% 42.9%
Rarely justified 24.7% 67.6%
Never justified 29.4% 97%
Don't know/Refused 2.9% 99.9%
Total N = 2007

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
Often justified 15.0% 17.1% 12.8% 7.8% 9.6% 8.4% 11.7%
Sometimes justified 28.5% 31.9% 32.9% 36.6% 26.9% 27.8% 31.2%
Rarely justified 27.7% 23.9% 23.2% 23.7% 25.9% 24.8% 24.6%
Never justified 26.7% 24.2% 28.6% 29.4% 33.8% 35.8% 29.7%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 2.9% 2.4% 2.5% 3.7% 3.2% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1969


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Often justified 16.6% 7.2% 11.7%
Sometimes justified 31.3% 31.0% 31.1%
Rarely justified 22.2% 27.2% 24.8%
Never justified 27.8% 31.0% 29.4%
Don't know/Refused 2.1% 3.7% 2.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2007


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College graduate and above TOTAL
Often justified 9.5% 12.6% 14.7% 9.1% 11.8%
Sometimes justified 30.6% 33.3% 32.0% 27.9% 31.2%
Rarely justified 14.3% 24.3% 21.7% 33.3% 24.7%
Never justified 40.4% 27.5% 28.0% 28.1% 29.5%
Don't know/Refused 5.1% 2.4% 3.6% 1.7% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Often justified 20.0% 8.5% 10.3% 12.1%
Sometimes justified 34.8% 27.1% 33.4% 31.6%
Rarely justified 22.4% 27.1% 25.4% 25.2%
Never justified 21.0% 35.3% 28.4% 28.9%
Don't know/Refused 1.9% 2.0% 2.6% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1870


Race (I-RACE)

White non-Hispanic Black non-Hispanic Hispanic or other TOTAL
Often justified 13.1% 7.4% 8.5% 11.7%
Sometimes justified 31.1% 25.2% 35.7% 31.3%
Rarely justified 25.7% 25.2% 20.7% 24.8%
Never justified 27.8% 37.5% 31.2% 29.5%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 4.7% 3.8% 2.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1985



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