Human Rights Review 12 (4):441-463 (2011)

Peter Miller
California State University, Los Angeles
Torture is (almost) universally condemned as barbaric and ineffective, yet it persists in the modern world. What factors influence levels of support for torture? Public opinion data from 31 countries in 2006 and 2008 (a total of 44 country-years) are used to test three hypotheses related to the acceptability of torture. The findings, first, show that outright majorities in 31 country-years reject the use of torture. Multiple regression results show that countries with high per capita income and low domestic repression are less likely to support torture. Constraints on the executive have no significant effect on public opinion on torture
Keywords Torture  Personal integrity  Public opinion  Comparative politics
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DOI 10.1007/s12142-011-0190-2
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