Threat Perception and American Support for Torture

@article{Conrad2018ThreatPA,
  title={Threat Perception and American Support for Torture},
  author={Courtenay R. Conrad and Sarah E. Croco and Brad T. Gomez and Will H. Moore},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  year={2018},
  volume={40},
  pages={989-1009}
}
When do Americans support the government’s use of torture? We argue that perceptions of threat undermine the extent to which American public opinion serves as a bulwark against government torture. Although surveys demonstrate that a slim majority of the American public generally opposes torture, using a nationally-representative survey experiment, we show that Americans are considerably more supportive of government abuse when it is directed at individuals who they perceive as threatening… 

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