Majority of Americans Believe CIA's Harsh Interrogation Tactics Were Acceptable By Mark Murray
And a plurality say they'd be acceptable to use in the future to thwart potential terrorist threats.
In addition, 45 percent think they should be used in the future, versus 28 percent who disagree.
These numbers come after the Democratic-led Senate Intelligence Committee released a report detailing the harsh interrogation practices, and after Republicans defended them.
"I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective. And our objective is to get the guys who did 9/11 and it is to avoid another attack against the United States," former Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" last Sunday. "I'd do it again in a minute."
The numbers confirm other polling on the subject, and they reveal a partisan split.
Republicans (by an 80 percent-to-9 percent margin) overwhelmingly say the practices were acceptable, and so do political independents (44 percent to 24 percent).
But Democrats say they went too far (44 percent to 32 percent).