Rasmussen poll: 70% okay with Gitmo treatment


The Rasmussen poll, which had the best track record in the past presidential election, has polled Americans on the treatment of Gitmo prisoners.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 20% of Americans believe prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been treated unfairly. Seven—out—of—ten adults believe the prisoners are being treated "better than they deserve" (36%) or "about right" (34%).

The survey also found that just 14% agree with people who say that prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay is similar to Nazi tactics. Sixty—nine percent disagree with that comparison. This helps explain why Illinois Senator Dick Durbin apologized for making such a comparison.

Partisan differences concerning prisoner treatment are huge. Only 7% of Republicans believe Guantanamo prisoners are treated unfairly. Thirty percent (30%) of Democrats hold that view along with 22% of those not affiliated with either major party.

Forty—five percent (45%) of Republicans say the prisoners are treated better than they deserve. That view is shared by 28% of Democrats.


The Democrat base is roughly 20% of the population, which means that the party faithful are the only ones buying the party line. And only 2/3 of the base signed on with Durbin's insulting and outrageous Nazi analogy. That pretty much defines the extent of the looney left in America: 14% of the population. That's still over 30 million adults. But only 1 out of 7 Americans.


Hat tip: LGF and Ed Lasky


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