Donald Trump has taken a very unusual road the White House, bucking political correctness and not being afraid to speak his mind. This has often led to intense public discourse, most recently over Trump’s comments on torture.
After waffling a little bit on his position, Trump firmly came out in support of waterboarding, and even has gone so far as to say that we should do “worse” to terrorists.
Newsmax reported that, despite liberal outrage, a majority of Americans actually agree with Trump’s position on torture. Roughly two-thirds of Americans support using torture on terrorists to prevent attacks.
Twenty-five percent of respondents said that torture is “often” justified “against suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorism.” Another 38 percent said that torture is “sometimes” justified.
Only 15 percent stated that torture is “never” justified and should never be used.
The poll also showed clear partisan lines when it comes to torture. Roughly 82 percent of Republicans say torture is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 53 percent of Democrats said the same thing.
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“You’re dealing with people who don’t play by any rules. And I can’t see why we would tie our hands and take away options like waterboarding,” said Jo Ann Timken, a Trump supporter.
The poll also showed that a vast majority of Americans expect there to be a terror attack on American soil in the next six months. That indirectly shows how confident — or un-confident — they are that President Barack Obama’s government can actually protect us.
This fear and anger has fueled Trump’s campaign, because he is seen by many of his supporters as someone who will go into Washington and shake things up while at the same time keeping Americans safe.
Torture of terrorists supported by 82% of Republicans and 53% of Democrats
Trump is right again
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“The public right now is coping with a host of negative emotions,” Elizabeth Zechmeister, a professor at Vanderbilt University, said, according to Newsmax. “Fear, anger, general anxiety: (Trump) gives a certain credibility to these feelings.”
It’s unclear if these feeling will be enough to propel Trump to the White House, but so far they are helped him retain his front-runner status.
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