Given an American administration, who, along with the acquiescent American news media, has distorted the meaning of some many words and concepts and for so long, I'm not sure what the survey questions and the results meant.
For one, I'm trying to understand the difference between 'sometimes' and 'rarely'. If the polling company had called me, I would have asked the poller just what that means. (Yes, when I come across stupid poll questions, I call the pollers out on it.)
Does 'rarely' mean once every millennium, or on alternate weekends? Does 'sometimes' mean the next time a real Hitler comes around (no, Putin doesn't quite qualify at all - read Robert Parry's articles about the Ukraine/Crimea/Russia/USA clusterfark), or whoever the American news media have decided is the Hitler of the week or 'is like Nazi Germany'.
Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein (after they turned their backs on the US administration), Slobodan Milosevic, Vladimir Putin, and who else?, standing in for Hitler and Pol Pot.
Taking turns being Nazi Germany: Nicaragua, North Korea (more like Airstrip One, if you ask me), Iran, Iraq (after Hussein turned his back on the USA), the War on the Rich, and even America.
More importantly, from the same HuffPost article: Most Americans (54 percent to 24 percent) also said it is possible to fight terrorism without using torture (Aside to the audience: "Why wasn't THIS the headline? Oh yeah, my first paragraph.")
At least 7% (54% who think it wasn't necessary - 47% who think it's justified) of Americans "support" unnecessary torture. THAT should have been the HuffPost headline.
And the article should consisted of a list of people who think "torture's fine, just walk it off'".