In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, Barack Obama’s performance in the first 100 days of his presidency draws strong public approval.
However, there is decidedly less support for his recent decision to release previously secret government memos on the interrogation of terrorism suspects, an initiative that reveals deep partisan fissures.
Overall, the public is about evenly divided on the questions of whether torture is justifiable in terrorism cases and whether there should be official inquiries into any past illegality involving the treatment of terrorism suspects.
About half of all Americans, and 52 percent of independents, said there are circumstances in which the United States should consider employing torture against such suspects.
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