Nearly six-in-ten Southern, white evangelicals approve of torture, according to a new poll.
From Faith in Public Life:
A new poll commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University and conducted by Public Religion Research demonstrates the conflicted attitudes on torture among white evangelical Christians in the South.
Close to six-in-ten white evangelicals in the South say that torture can be often (20%) or sometimes (37%) justified in order to gain important information. This compares to roughly half (48%) of the general public who believe that torture can be justified, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll (02/2008).
Another interesting finding of the survey:
Despite high levels of religiosity, white evangelicals in the South are significantly more likely to rely on life experiences and common sense (44%) than Christian teachings or beliefs (28%) when thinking about the acceptability of torture.
And those who do consider Christian teachings when they think about the acceptability of torture are significantly less likely to approve torture than those who don't.