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NBC POLL: Majority of Americans OK with CIA interrogation practices

The Senate report accuses the CIA of torturing terrorist detainees during interrogations. (Source: CNN) The Senate report accuses the CIA of torturing terrorist detainees during interrogations. (Source: CNN)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A majority of Americans said they believe CIA interrogation practices following the 9/11 terrorist attacks were acceptable at the time, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Tuesday.

Fifty-one percent responded the tactics were "acceptable under the circumstances," while 28 percent said the tactics "went too far and were wrong."

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Another 20 percent said they didn't know enough about the issue to have an opinion.

In another question, 45 percent of respondents said the tactics "are acceptable and should be used in the future," while 28 percent were opposed and said they "should stop entirely."

The five-day survey followed last week's report from the Democratic-led Senate Intelligence Committee detailing harsh interrogation practices that Republicans largely defended.

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"I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective," former Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "And our objective is to get the guys who did 9/11, and it is to avoid another attack against the United States. I'd do it again in a minute."

The survey also found that Republicans voted in support of the practices by a margin of 80 percent to 9 percent.

Democrats voted the other way, saying the tactics went too far, by a 44-32 margin.

The research that concluded Sunday included a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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