Speaking about the findings Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, said:
– Kate Allen
These findings are alarming, we really didn't foresee this sort of response.
People have bought into the idea that their personal safety can be enhanced in some way through the use of torture. That is simply untrue.
Programmes like 24, Homeland and Spooks have glorified torture to a generation - but there's a massive difference between a dramatic depiction by screenwriters, and its real-life use by government agents in torture chambers.
We decided as a society, a long time ago, that torture is simply wrong and can never be justified in any circumstances.
The torture survey showed 15% of people in the UK, around three in 20, fear being tortured if they are detained by the authorities - while 86% agreed clear rules against torture were needed.