May 19th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Democrats and Repulicans agree on photos

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It isn't often that Democrats and Republicans see eye to eye. But on the thorny question of whether photos of U.S. military personnel allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners should be released, a new national poll suggests Democrats and Republicans appear to agree.

Nearly three out of four Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday do not believe the U.S. government should release the photos.

The poll suggests that 87 percent of Republicans are against the public release of the photos, as are 62 percent of Democrats. Three out of four independent voters would also prefer for the photos to stay under wraps.

"Obama has been getting some pressure from the liberal wing of his party to release the photos, but six in ten liberals in the poll say that the photos should not be made publicly available," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Last week, President Obama reversed course on the issue. The White House now says it no longer supports the release of the photos, which allegedly show prisoners allegedly being abused by U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he told government lawyers to object to a court-ordered release of Defense Department photos showing alleged abuse of detainees because the release could affect the safety of U.S. troops and "inflame anti-American opinion."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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