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The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2009-04

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Fifteen percent of the total US population thinks torture can often be justified, 34% think it can sometimes be justified, 22% think it can rarely be justified, and 25% think it can never be justified.

Among white evangelical Protestants, 18% think torture can often be justified, 44% think it can sometimes be justified, 17% think it can rarely be justified, and 16% think it can never be justified.

Among white non-Hispanic Catholics, 19% think torture can often be justified, 32% think it can sometimes be justified, 27% can rarely be justified, and 20% can never be justified.

Among white mainline Protestants, 15% think torture can often be justified, 31% think it can sometimes be justified, 22% think it can rarely be justified, and 31% think it can never be justified.