Poll: Half Of World Disapproves Of US Torture, Most Americans Support It

| by Michael Allen

A new poll found strong global opposition against the torture tactics used by the Bush administration.

According to the Pew Research Center, "A median of 50 percent across 40 nations surveyed say they oppose these practices."

In comparison, 58 percent of Americans said the violent torture techniques used on suspected terrorists were "justified," despite violating international law.

According to, the torture included: "waterboarding, mock executions, prolonged sleep deprivation, threat of sexual abuse and threats against family members."

The survey also found a global median of 69 percent that currently have a favorable view of the U.S.

President Barack Obama is popular in most countries with a 65 percent global rating, especially in India where he is at 74 percent, but not in Israel where the president has dropped down to 48 percent.

Overseas, most support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though its details have not been made public. In the U.S., 49 percent support the TPP, which they have not read.

Sources: Pew Research Center,, Talking Points Memo, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones
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