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As Favorable Rating For CIA Goes Up, Support For Waterboarding Goes Down

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

As Gina Haspel seeks to become the next CIA director, the issue of whether waterboarding is a useful interrogation technique is back in the news. She has publicly spoken out against it, and it appears voters are less enthused with the controversial technique than they have been in previous surveys. They're also more likely to see the agency in a more favorable light these days. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the CIA should use waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques to gain information from suspected terrorists. Forty-seven percent (47%) disagree, but a sizable 17% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 10 and 13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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