Well this is just cheery: Amnesty International has recently completed a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries, and China is leading the world in approval for cruel and unusual punishment. Globally, an average of 36% of people agreed to the statement that “torture is sometimes necessary and acceptable to gain information that may protect the public,” and China more than doubled that number.
21,221 people were questioned for the Amnesty poll, with China and India leading the races. As China Digital Times reports, the responses may have been particularly high in China due to the fact that the questions were asked in the midst of concern about potential attacks within the country:
[The suvey took place] at a time when cities across China are ramping up security in response to a series of attacks by alleged Uyghur militants. The survey was conducted between December 2013 and April 2014, well after a jeep crash and fire at Tiananmen last October.
China still places legal value on “confessions” that occur under duress and torture, and—despite some moves to close them down—continues to operate “re-education through labor” camps throughout the country. As this poll shows, however, nearly 3/4 of the country’s citizens don’t necessarily see that as a problem.