54% Americans Okay with Torture

Too much Jack Bauer:

Most notably, 19% of the public says the use of torture is often justified to gain important information from terrorist suspects, while 35% say the use of torture in these circumstances is at least sometimes justified. Just 2% of [Council on Foreign Relations] members say torture is often justified, and 11% say it is sometimes justified, to gain important information from suspected terrorists. The proportion of the public saying torture is at least sometimes justified against suspected terrorists has increased modestly over the past year. Currently, 54% say torture is at least sometimes justified to gain important information from suspected terrorists, compared with 49% in April and 44% in February.

via Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.